Skip to comments.Rand Paul Wins 2016 Presidential Straw Poll, Trounces Chris Christie
Posted on 09/22/2013 10:48:35 AM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
Sen. Rand Paul decisively won a straw poll held over the weekend in Michigan at a bi-annual gathering of Republicans, earning more than double the votes of rival New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Paul, the libertarian-leaning Republican from Kentucky, won 188 votes, or 36 percent, in the 2016 Mackinac Presidential Straw Poll. Christie came in at second with 82 votes, or 16 percent, in the poll.
Its always exciting to place first in anything, Paul told The Daily Caller in a phone interview Sunday morning from Mackinac Island after the results were announced.
He noted that the Island is overrun with limited government, small government conservatives.
Not too many liberals on the Island this week, Paul said with a laugh.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush came in with 42 votes, while Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker got 39 votes. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz trailed behind at 36 votes. Of those at the conference, 526 voted.
(Excerpt) Read more at dailycaller.com ...
Doesn’t mean anything, after he caves on funding obamacare.
Is this poll a regular thing? What’s its track record in predicting primary winners?
“He noted that the Island is overrun with limited government, small government conservatives.
Not too many liberals on the Island this week, Paul said with a laugh.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush came in with 42 votes, while Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker got 39 votes. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz trailed behind at 36 votes. Of those at the conference, 526 voted.”
From the voting it looks like the Island was overrun with liberals and RINOs.
When Runt Paul and Christie Creame are the top vote getters there weren’t many conservatives voting.
Go home fat boy!!! Run for the Donk presidential nomination.
I bet Ron Paul has won 6 times in a row
Rand isn’t perfect, but he’s a darned sight better than Christie.
I agree with others. For me its a short list. Cruz, Palin, and Paul are my list.
Here's what your first and second choices have to say about him:
Sarah Palin: "I'm on Team Rand"
Ted Cruz: "I Am Proud To Stand Side By Side With Rand Paul"
How about a Ted Cruz-Ron Paul presidential ticket. Or it could be Ron Paul-Ted Cruz.
Both are young and dynamic like the image Obama crafted for himself. This county wants young, not some senile backstabber like John McCain. Mitt Romney had a dynamic image but the Democrats were able to trash it and define Romney as an out of touch plutocrat who had no use for the white middle to lower class.
I doubt Palin will run.
That being said, Cruz is at the top of my list, but I would gladly vote for Rand Paul in a general election
While I certainly prefer Paul to Christie (by far) they do have one thing in common.
Their chances of being elected President are somewhere between slim and none.
“after he caves on funding obamacare.”
Don’t worry, he won’t cave.
Are these the same straw polls that Ron Paul consistently won because his followers, mostly the same as support Rand Paul, spammed the Straw Polls?
Remember both in 2008 and 2012 how Ron Paul would routinely win Straw Polls and he didn’t have a chance in Hell of winning anything.
“When Runt Paul and Christie Creame are the top vote getters there werent many conservatives voting.”
All the recent polls have them both as the top two.
The RINO voters are rallying around Christie. And the tea party is firmly backing Rand.
“Are these the same straw polls that Ron Paul consistently won”
No. Romney won the last one and then went on to win the nomination.
They did pick Romney in 2011. It appears that a Paul wins the off years more often than not.
-— And the tea party is firmly backing Rand. -—
I’m guessing that Rand has inherited his dad’s rabid voting block. Right now, the nomination is Ted’s to lose.
“The RINO voters are rallying around Christie. And the tea party is firmly backing Rand.”
Will they be backing him when they find out he is for amnisty for illegals, queer marriage, and about every other left wing idea? He don’t even want to stand firm against owebamacare.
Rand Paul isn’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination but he’s the best we have.
Palin needs to get serious and run for Senate
“How about a Ted Cruz-Ron Paul presidential ticket. Or it could be Ron Paul-Ted Cruz.
Both are young and dynamic”
Do you mean Rand? Don’t believe I’ve ever heard Ron called young and dynamic before.
Chris Christie’s chance of becoming president is zero.
I won’t vote for R. Paul for anything after amnesty
Christie thinks the Democrats love him and will cross over and vote for him.
He’ll find out the hard way, if he gets the nomination, the media will treat him just like any other Republican.
Rand!!! I messed that up
If I thought he was the best we had, I’d be depressed out of my mind. We can do better.
“I wont vote for R. Paul for anything after amnesty”
Bu Bu But he is for dope, lots and lots of dope, and queer marriage, and dope...
That about covers the main things Liberaltarians care about.
Give the average liberaltarian a big sack of dope to smoke with his queer boyfriend and you could get them to vote for Karl Marx!
Um, did ya mean Rand, not Ron?
How about a Ted Cruz-Ron Paul presidential ticket. Or it could be Ron Paul-Ted Cruz.”
...I would be beyond excited either way! Ted for POTUS is my 1st choice.
Rand and his daddy have this straw poll thing down good.
Yep...he is his daddy’s boy.
He will never be pres. but may form a third party to help Hillary.
Rand Paul does not articulate the necessary conviction we see in Cruz.
Cruz for POTUS!
Rand!!! as in Ayn Rand!!!
My guess is that she saw that their was no way to win. It just wasn't going to happen in 2012.But she did say she could go out and make a difference as a private citizen. Her help for Rand Paul and Ted Cruz brought now them to the center stage of national politics.
Note how Syria fades to the background when real internal power politics are involved. Payback is going to be wicked once the pumps on this ship of state fall behind the many,many leaks.
Keep up the full court press!
“If she left because she and her family were understandably sick of being smeared by the media -....”
It wasn’t just the media smears (which set new world records for vileness, scope and persistence) — her whole family was being driven into bankruptcy by a tsunami of nuisance law suits related to her job as Governor. Even though none of those suits had merit, they were a huge distraction from the job of Governor. She said she was forced to resign, in the interests of Alaska, and to protect her family from ruin. The laws have been changed, and all future Governors will be protected from such harassment.
Interesting that Dem office-holders, many of whom probably deserve it, never seem to face this kind of persecution.
Only the Newts, Delays and Palins, it seems.
Only two on my list. Cruz and Paul. Too bad Paul is falling down on Obamacare.
Great, we’ll have to endure ANOTHER election of whiny Paulbots!
I was thinking the same....
Lets start that conversation by acknowledging we arent going to deport 12 million illegal immigrants... bringing these workers out of the shadows and into being taxpaying members of society. Imagine 12 million people who are already here coming out of the shadows to become new taxpayers.12 million more people assimilating into society. 12 million more people being productive contributors. [but hes not in favor of amnesty, snicker, definition of is is]
...by softening its edge on some volatile social issues and altering its image as the party always seemingly "eager to go to war... We do need to expand the party and grow the party and that does mean that we don't always all agree on every issue" ... the party needs to become more welcoming to individuals who disagree with basic Republican doctrine on emotional social issues such as gay marriage... "We're going to have to be a little hands off on some of these issues ... and get people into the party," Paul said.
Same here. He’s on my short list.
I wasn’t at Mackinac this year, but that’s usually an establishment crowd, not a Paulite crowd or a tea party crowd. The fact that he won says that people are tired of neoconservative Bush policies.
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