Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, fresh off last week’s epic filibuster, won the much-hyped Conservative Political Action Conference 2013 presidential preference straw poll Saturday.
With 25 percent of the vote, Paul just edged out Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who came in second with 23 percent.
The top five, as reported by the Washington Times:
Mr. Paul won 25 percent of the vote, and Mr. Rubio collected 23 percent. Former Sen. Rick Santorum was third with just 8 percent, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — who was not invited to speak at the three-day Conservative Political Action Conference — was next with 7 percent, and Rep. Paul D. Ryan, the GOP’s vice presidential nominee last year, was fifth with 6 percent.
The CPAC straw-poll ballot had a total of 23 people on it, with Paul clearly benefiting from the large number of young Libertarian attendees.
In fact, according to NBC News, a majority — 52 percent — of voters were between the ages of 18 to 25, as noted by Republican Tony Fabrizio, who analyzed the results for CPAC and made the official announcement Saturday.
The biggest surprise in the poll may have been Dr. Ben Carson, the neurosurgeon whose speech at the National Prayer Breakfast earlier this year has become a conservative rallying point. He came in seventh.
The poll, sponsored by The Washington Times and conducted by Fabrizio, McLaughlin & Associates, surveyed 2,930 CPAC attendees between Thursday and Saturday.
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