Sunday, March 17, 2013

Rand Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll; Jindal Comes In 9th

Senator Rand Paul (Kentucky), fresh off his historic filibuster, captured the 2013 Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) presidential preference Straw Poll Saturday fending off fellow Senator Marco Rubio (Florida).

Paul captured 25% of the vote while Rubio garnered 23%.
Former Senator and Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum, who recently spoke in Lafayette, came in a distant 3rd with 8%. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie captured 7% and last year’s GOP Vice Presidential nominee, Congressman Paul Ryan (Wisconsin), finished in 5th place with 6%.

Others capturing votes were Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker with 5%, political newcomer Dr. Ben Carson and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas with 4% each to tie for 7th place.
Governor Bobby Jindal tied with former Alaska Governor and 2008 Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin with 3% for 9th place.

The poll, of 2,930 attendees, was conducted between Thursday and Saturday.
Paul’s father, former Congressman Ron Paul (Texas) won the straw poll I 2010 and 2011 while Mitt Romney captured the 2012 straw poll.