Ron Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll, Again

He's No. 1 for second straight year

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 12, 2011 4:23 PM CST

(Newser) – Ron Paul remains the darling of CPAC. The GOP congressman won the annual straw poll at the conservative convention for the second year in a row with 30% of the vote, reports Human Events. Mitt Romney finished second at 23%, and nobody else cracked 6%. Chris Christie and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson got that amount for third place, followed by Newt Gingrich with 5%, notes Fox News.

Bringing up the rear: Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann, and Mitch Daniels at 4%; Sarah Palin at 3%; Herman Cain, Rick Santorum, and John Thune at 2%; and Jon Huntsman and Haley Barbour at 1%. Paul's victory was no great surprise—his followers always show up strong at the conference. To read how he and son Rand won over the crowd, click here.

Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, Friday, Feb. 11, 2011.
Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, Friday, Feb. 11, 2011.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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