Rand Wins

Sen. Rand Paul wins the CPAC 2013 Straw Poll, narrowly beating Sen, Marco Rubio:

  • Rand Paul - 25%
  • Marco Rubio - 23%
  • Rick Santorum - 8%
  • Chris Christie - 7%
  • Paul Ryan - 6%
  • Scott Walker - 5%
  • Ben Carson - 4%
  • Ted Cruz - 4%
  • Bobby Jindal - 3%
  • Sarah Palin - 3%
  • Other - 34%
  • Undecided 2%

There were 23 candidates on the ballot and 44 write-ins.

President Obama continues to be very unpopular among CPAC attendees -- 96% disapproval. In 2012 Obama did better receiving 79% disapproval in the straw poll.

Half the straw poll participants were young people between 18-25 years old.

Rand Paul became very popular among conservatives after his 13-hour filibuster against the Obama drones program last week. He is now seen by many as a leader of  the future Republican Party.

Don't read too much into the straw poll results. They are worth little more than bragging rights.