Rep. Ron Paul is surprise CPAC Presidential straw poll winner

February 21, 2010

(ChattahBox) –  With participants identifying “reducing the size of federal government” as their top issue, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, won a blowout victory Saturday in the annual Conservative Political Action Conference presidential straw poll.  A stalwart foe of government spending,  the 74-year old libertarian captured 31 percent of the 2,400 votes cast in the annual contest, usually seen as a barometer of how the GOP’s conservative wing regards their potential presidential candidates.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney finished second with 22 percent of the vote, ending a three-year winning streak at CPAC. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin who skipped the group’s conference, finished third with 7 percent of the vote, followed by Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty at 6 percent and Indiana Rep. Mike Pence at 5 percent.

The announcement of the results brought gasps, cheers and a round of boos from a packed ballroom. In the straw poll, a majority also said they were dissatisfied with the field of contenders for the 2012 nomination against President Obama.  The annual three-day conclave, hosted by the American Conservative Union, ended tonight with an address by Glenn Beck.



One Response to “Rep. Ron Paul is surprise CPAC Presidential straw poll winner”

  1. L.K. on February 21st, 2010 9:28 pm

    CNN is blatantly pushing fear propaganda by it’s “Cyber Attack Simulation” airing tonight. Check out

    Are they getting us ready for martial law?

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