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Rand Paul wins 2014 CPAC straw poll, Ted Cruz finishes a distant second
The Associated Press ^ | 03-08-2014 | Stephen Dinan

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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TOPICS: Breaking News; Politics/Elections; US: Alaska; US: Kentucky; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 2016gopprimary; 2016strawpolls; alaska; apbesacredofcruz; cpac; cpac2014; cpacisirrelevant; cruz2016; kentucky; paul2016; paulistinians; pollistinians; randpaul; randsconcerntrolls; ronpaulredux; sarahpalin; tedcruz; texas
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Rand Paul: 31%
Ted Cruz: 11%
All the other losers (Christie, Bush): less than 10%
1 posted on 03/08/2014 2:52:54 PM PST by PaulCruz2016
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To: PaulCruz2016

I thought Christie was coming back.

Rand has clashed with Christie more than Cruz.


2 posted on 03/08/2014 2:53:52 PM PST by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: PaulCruz2016

So the Ron Paul cultists turned out for Rand.


3 posted on 03/08/2014 2:55:28 PM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: PaulCruz2016

How many Paulestinians did they bus in?


4 posted on 03/08/2014 2:55:36 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: PaulCruz2016
That's a good result. As long as Cruz and Paul are always first and second, there's a good chance we can get a Cruz/Paul ticket. Or Paul/Cruz.

Either way, the ticket wins the election.

5 posted on 03/08/2014 2:55:57 PM PST by grania
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To: grania

Bttt


6 posted on 03/08/2014 2:56:33 PM PST by ConservativeMan55 (In America, we don't do pin pricks. But sometimes we elect them.)
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To: CatherineofAragon

This was about beating Christie.


7 posted on 03/08/2014 2:57:13 PM PST by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: PaulCruz2016

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.


8 posted on 03/08/2014 2:58:23 PM PST by Hostage (ARTICLE V)
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To: PaulCruz2016
LOL.

Ron Paul Wins Presidential Straw Poll at CPAC -- Again

9 posted on 03/08/2014 2:59:11 PM PST by FreeReign
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To: grania

I’d like those two on the same ticket...


10 posted on 03/08/2014 2:59:26 PM PST by kjam22 (my music video "If My People" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74b20RjILy4)
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To: PaulCruz2016

Makes sense. CPAC has a younger audience than the general GOP electorate. I congratulate him. Cruz is still my #1 pick though.


11 posted on 03/08/2014 2:59:57 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: PaulCruz2016

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)

http://www.drudgereport.com/


12 posted on 03/08/2014 3:01:11 PM PST by VitacoreVision
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To: PaulCruz2016

What is Rand Paul’s position on illegal immigration?


13 posted on 03/08/2014 3:02:03 PM PST by old curmudgeon
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To: PaulCruz2016
Rand Paul: 31%

Legalized pot gathered more support than Rand.

14 posted on 03/08/2014 3:02:19 PM PST by itsahoot (Voting for RINOs is the same as voting for any other Tyrant.)
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To: PaulCruz2016

His support for McConnell probably put him over the top.


15 posted on 03/08/2014 3:02:44 PM PST by rabidralph
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To: PaulCruz2016

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.


16 posted on 03/08/2014 3:04:24 PM PST by Zenjitsuman (New Boss Nancy Pelosi)
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To: FreeReign
Folks. A Paul always seems to win CPAC. Doesn't mean a thing.

As I pointed out in my previous post Ron won in 2010 and 2011.

17 posted on 03/08/2014 3:04:43 PM PST by FreeReign
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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


18 posted on 03/08/2014 3:06:19 PM PST by Zenjitsuman (New Boss Nancy Pelosi)
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To: PaulCruz2016

I’m good with that.


19 posted on 03/08/2014 3:07:14 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: FreeReign

I would be much more interested in a Freerepublic straw poll


20 posted on 03/08/2014 3:07:38 PM PST by Zenjitsuman (New Boss Nancy Pelosi)
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To: CatherineofAragon

Bingo!


21 posted on 03/08/2014 3:08:43 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: FreeReign

We all remember President Paul...


22 posted on 03/08/2014 3:08:44 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: VitacoreVision

Pauliacs are very well organized. Paul won many presidential straw poll states, but in elective states he didn’t do squat


23 posted on 03/08/2014 3:09:03 PM PST by Zenjitsuman (New Boss Nancy Pelosi)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
How many Paulestinians did they bus in?

The Paul's are good at winning meaningless straw polls.

If straw polls meant anything, old kooky Ron would be President for life.

24 posted on 03/08/2014 3:09:57 PM PST by Longbow1969
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To: PaulCruz2016

Of course straw polls never mean anything.


25 posted on 03/08/2014 3:10:20 PM PST by eclecticEel ("The petty man forsakes what lies within his power and longs for what lies with Heaven." - Xunzi)
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To: Zenjitsuman

26 posted on 03/08/2014 3:10:30 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: PaulCruz2016

Actually, Cruz #2 at 11% is great news, considering this is CPAC.


27 posted on 03/08/2014 3:11:16 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: FreeReign

Thanks. I laughed at the headline, too (I know, Rand not Ron, but still).


28 posted on 03/08/2014 3:11:55 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: PaulCruz2016

I sure wouldn’t be crowing over this....Romney one the 2012 CPAC straw vote


29 posted on 03/08/2014 3:12:29 PM PST by Nifster
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To: PaulCruz2016

is there a streaming link for Palin?


30 posted on 03/08/2014 3:12:37 PM PST by spacejunkie2001
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To: VitacoreVision

-— RAND PAUL 29.91% (24,034 votes)
TED CRUZ 29.42% (23,637 votes)-—

Thanks for making my Saturday.


31 posted on 03/08/2014 3:12:59 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: grania

Paul is not a Conservative. I wont vote for any candidate who is not a Conservative..just like last time.


32 posted on 03/08/2014 3:14:05 PM PST by montanajoe
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To: Zenjitsuman
Pauliacs are very well organized. Paul won many presidential straw poll states, but in elective states he didn’t do squat

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.

33 posted on 03/08/2014 3:14:37 PM PST by Longbow1969
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To: VitacoreVision

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


34 posted on 03/08/2014 3:14:47 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: CatherineofAragon; Jim Robinson
Everything worth knowing about Rand Paul is summed up quite succinctly, in just a few letters, by the founder of America's forum for Conservative activism, Mr. Jim Robinson. Our host has an uncanny ability to separate the pretenders from the real deal and has long been onto the fraud that is Rand's old man. As a guest here, I'm on board with what our host has clearly stated. Like father, like son really does apply in this case.

Go Sarah go! As for me, I find Paul (both of them) appalin' and Palin appealin'.

35 posted on 03/08/2014 3:16:56 PM PST by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: PaulCruz2016

While I prefer Cruz on top I think its going to take both of them to win.


36 posted on 03/08/2014 3:17:39 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Longbow1969; Zenjitsuman

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.


37 posted on 03/08/2014 3:17:55 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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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 
 

38 posted on 03/08/2014 3:20:50 PM PST by deport
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To: deport

Absurd.

“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.


39 posted on 03/08/2014 3:24:29 PM PST by TitansAFC (2016: 1. Palin, 2. Cruz, 3. Walker, 4. Rubio, 5. Huckabee (to make the GOP-E see what WE go through))
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To: CatherineofAragon

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.


40 posted on 03/08/2014 3:25:34 PM PST by Monterrosa-24 ( ...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: PaulCruz2016

If there is anything less meaningful than special elections, it’s straw polls.


41 posted on 03/08/2014 3:28:23 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
If the Ron Paul supporters were as organized as they claim to be, they’d have pulled off a surprise win there.

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.

42 posted on 03/08/2014 3:28:23 PM PST by Longbow1969
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To: deport; onyx
If Gomer Huckleberry can't beat Sarah Palin, who's been attacked hourly by every branch of progressivism for going on 6 years and has made no noises about running while he was safely ensconced in his little weekend show, he might as well give up any notion of trying again
43 posted on 03/08/2014 3:29:45 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Longbow1969

You’re making my point for me.


44 posted on 03/08/2014 3:30:42 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: PaulCruz2016
So far Rand Paul is my man, foreign policy notwithstanding, because he's so clear that by far the greatest threat to America and our freedoms is the large, unconstitutional, socialist federal government. I want somebody who will CLOSE DOWN most of the cabinet departments, MOST of the administrative state, and MOST of the IRS with taxes being cut to a flat 10% to 15%. And, as Reagan did, build the best military and intelligence community in the world and don't listen to the weak, sad, self-opposing Leftists. Weakness, not strength, invites aggression. This is the way back home folks.

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.

45 posted on 03/08/2014 3:32:52 PM PST by PapaNew
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To: spacejunkie2001

Fox is running her speech now.


46 posted on 03/08/2014 3:41:43 PM PST by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

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.


47 posted on 03/08/2014 3:42:39 PM PST by dandiegirl
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To: re_nortex

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’.


48 posted on 03/08/2014 3:42:39 PM PST by PapaNew
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To: PaulCruz2016

The herd moves ..

Away from the Bushes..

Except in TeXas.

Hope?


49 posted on 03/08/2014 3:43:16 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

he might as well give up any notion of trying again

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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 .


50 posted on 03/08/2014 3:43:26 PM PST by deport
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