Rand Paul Wins the 2014 CPAC Straw Poll

The Kentucky Republican is the undisputed favorite at this year’s conference, and Marco Rubio is the biggest loser.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord International Hotel and Conference Center March 7, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.
National Journal
Lucia Graves
March 8, 2014, 1:11 p.m.

Liber­tari­an darling Rand Paul won the Wash­ing­ton Times/Con­ser­vat­ive Polit­ic­al Ac­tion Con­fer­ence straw poll on Sat­urday, tak­ing 31 per­cent of the vote in the mul­tic­an­did­ate field. Ted Cruz came in a dis­tant second place with 11 per­cent. Ben Car­son came in third, re­gis­ter­ing in the single di­gits.

Marco Ru­bio suffered the biggest drop in his num­bers, go­ing from 23 per­cent in 2013 to 6 per­cent of the vote this year, a per­cent­age that puts him in 7th place.

The an­nu­al straw poll tra­di­tion­ally serves as a ba­ro­met­er for the feel­ings of the con­ser­vat­ive move­ment. This year marked the poll’s 28th year.

Paul, who’s already been dubbed the “king” of this year’s CPAC, was also the win­ner of last year’s poll, gar­ner­ing 25 per­cent of the vote to second-place fin­ish­er Ru­bio’s 23 per­cent. Oth­er past win­ners in­clude Mitt Rom­ney, who won in 2012, 2009, 2008, and 2007; Ron Paul, who won in 2010 and 2011; George Al­len, who won in 2006; and Rudy Gi­uliani, who won in 2005.

Only 2,459 bal­lots were cast this year out of al­most 11,000 at­tendees. That num­ber is slightly high­er than the num­ber of votes cast in 2010, the last midterm elec­tion year.

Top fin­ish­ers from the straw poll are be­low. The rest of the can­did­ates re­ceived a neg­li­gible num­ber of votes. See the full poll res­ults here:

Sen. Rand Paul, Ken­tucky: 31%

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas: 11 %

Dr. Ben Car­son: 9%

Gov. Chris Christie, New Jer­sey: 8%

Gov. Scott Walk­er, Wis­con­sin: 7%

Former Sen. Rick San­tor­um, Pennsylvania: 7%

Sen. Marco Ru­bio, Flor­ida: 6%

Rep. Paul Ry­an, Wis­con­sin: 3%

Gov. Rick Perry, Texas: 3%

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