Skip to comments.Rand Paul wins 2014 CPAC straw poll, Ted Cruz finishes a distant second
Posted on 03/08/2014 2:52:54 PM PST by PaulCruz2016
Sen. Rand Paul demolished his competition in the 2014 Washington Times/CPAC presidential preference straw poll on Saturday, winning 31 percent of the vote -- nearly three times the total of second-place Sen. Ted Cruz.
Mr. Cruz's 11 percent was still a big improvement for the freshman senator, who won just 4 percent in last year's straw poll. Neurosurgeon Ben Carson was third with 9 percent and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was fourth with 8 percent in results that signal growing discontent with the GOP establishment in Washington.
Indeed, CPAC voters now have an unfavorable view of Republicans in Congress, with 51 percent saying they disapprove of the job the GOP is doing on Capitol Hill. Just last year the GOP had a 54 percent approval rating, and in 2012 they held a 70 percent approval rating.
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I thought Christie was coming back.
Rand has clashed with Christie more than Cruz.
So the Ron Paul cultists turned out for Rand.
How many Paulestinians did they bus in?
Either way, the ticket wins the election.
This was about beating Christie.
After hearing about the background of those attending CPAC I am not sure I would ever support such a group. I wondered why Ted needed to be at such an event but he has to touch all the hands in his run for president. I just hope he remembers where he came from when he makes it over the top.
I’d like those two on the same ticket...
Makes sense. CPAC has a younger audience than the general GOP electorate. I congratulate him. Cruz is still my #1 pick though.
Rand Paul is Winning the Drudge Poll as well.
Results so far:
RAND PAUL 29.91% (24,034 votes)
TED CRUZ 29.42% (23,637 votes)
What is Rand Paul’s position on illegal immigration?
Legalized pot gathered more support than Rand.
His support for McConnell probably put him over the top.
This is meaningless, half the voters were under 30 years old. That is a group who don’t show up at the polls.
Also, the Paul’s push legalized marijuana which may account for Paul’s popularity with the Pothead vote.
I like Ted Cruz, but he doesn’t inherit Pauliacs.
As I pointed out in my previous post Ron won in 2010 and 2011.
Your comment reminds me that Ron Paul was thought to be Anti Semitic.
I don’t know enough about Rand to think he is pro Palestinian but we shall be watching to see if his campaign is getting a lot of Arab money
I’m good with that.
I would be much more interested in a Freerepublic straw poll
We all remember President Paul...
Pauliacs are very well organized. Paul won many presidential straw poll states, but in elective states he didn’t do squat
The Paul's are good at winning meaningless straw polls.
If straw polls meant anything, old kooky Ron would be President for life.
Of course straw polls never mean anything.
Actually, Cruz #2 at 11% is great news, considering this is CPAC.
Thanks. I laughed at the headline, too (I know, Rand not Ron, but still).
I sure wouldn’t be crowing over this....Romney one the 2012 CPAC straw vote
is there a streaming link for Palin?
-— RAND PAUL 29.91% (24,034 votes)
TED CRUZ 29.42% (23,637 votes)-—
Thanks for making my Saturday.
Paul is not a Conservative. I wont vote for any candidate who is not a Conservative..just like last time.
The cult of Paul is very good at bringing a small group of energized people out to win presidential straw polls, but they pretty much flop when it comes to actual primaries. Perhaps Rand will be different, but I highly doubt it. Rand won't be the nominee, though I expect he will be more competitive than his father.
RAND PAUL 30.01% (25,110 votes)
TED CRUZ 29.32% (24,533 votes)
SARAH PALIN 4.97% (4,160 votes)
CHRIS CHRISTIE 4.96% (4,153 votes)
Here endeth the lesson
Go Sarah go! As for me, I find Paul (both of them) appalin' and Palin appealin'.
While I prefer Cruz on top I think its going to take both of them to win.
I’ve worked several Iowa caucuses, one as a campaign advance man and one as a party functionary. People have NO IDEA the effort required to get your people to those little meetings all over 99 counties. If the Ron Paul supporters were as organized as they claim to be, they’d have pulled off a surprise win there.
2% Former AK Governor Sarah Palin 2% Former AR Governor Mike Huckabee 2% Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice 2% LA Governor Bobby Jindal 3% TX Governor Rick Perry 3% WI Congressman Paul Ryan 6% FL Senator Marco Rubio 7% Former PA Senator Rick Santorum 7% WI Governor Scott Walker 8% NJ Governor Chris Christie 9% Neurosurgeon Ben Carson 11% TX Senator Ted Cruz 31% KY Senator Rand Paul 9% Undecided 1% Other
“Paul” wins every straw poll and online poll, every time. There’s not even a point to having them.
Cruz is the Conservative favorite right now.
Yes, old man Ron Paul won many a CPAC straw poll. I was there in 2009 and he won that year. I voted for Palin.
If there is anything less meaningful than special elections, it’s straw polls.
To be fair, on a very local level, at least in 2011/2012, the paulites were able to sometimes out organize and out maneuver the establishment - but that's mostly because the establishment didn't see it coming. And where the paulites were able to take over local GOP committees and such, they simply don't share the same views as most conservatives/Republicans they claim to represent.
Outside of highly energized local level organization, the paulies can't accomplish much. There were downright hilarious incidents of Ron Paul rallies on/around college campuses that would draw very large crowds of even a couple thousand people, yet the next day in an actual primary he'd lose the very same precinct/district in a landslide and only garner a handful of votes. I think a lot of his crowd is just young people out for the party and trying to get laid. Most of Ron Paul crowds aren't motivated enough to actually drag their drug addled butts out of bed and cast a ballot.
You’re making my point for me.
Once we get strong economically, militarily, and morally, we'll be able to take on aggressive nations like Russia and China who threaten us and other free nations.
Once we are spiritually strong, we can once again be a light to the world. No, it isn't about Rand Paul, but its a start. It's really about the American People taking charge of their lives and their country by God's grace.
Fox is running her speech now.
Greta pushed and pushed Christie the other night. I hate the way the talking heads pick their favorite and give no air time to the candidates the viewers like.
I love Sarah but it’s hard to vote for a non-candidate. I find Paul the most ardent advocate for cutting government of every national figure except Palin. Big government is by far the greatest threat to our free way of life. I think we should judge Paul on his own merits not on his fathers’.
The herd moves ..
Away from the Bushes..
Except in TeXas.
he might as well give up any notion of trying again
IMO, not all that splash around have any expectations of winning the prize.
Instead, I think they are mostly interested in their back pocket enhancement.
It gives them media exposure they can’t buy, a few engagements,
ego boost, etc. and hopefully some dollars .