Rand Paul Edges Marco Rubio in CPAC Poll
Santorum, Christie, Ryan, way behind
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2013 5:27 PM CDT
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, March 14, 2013.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – Sen. Rand Paul beat Sen. Marco Rubio in the CPAC straw poll today by a hair—25% to 23%—but stayed well ahead of the other Republicans in contention, the Washington Times reports. The rest of the pack, courtesy of the Washington Post:

  • 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: 14%
  • Undecided: 1%

The Times conducted the survey of 2,930 attendees at the three-day conservative conference, which skewed young (41% students) and leaned libertarian (77% said less government intrusion and more individual freedom were their priority; traditional values won 15% and national security 8%). The Times said the poll signaled "the rise of a new generation of conservative leaders" ready for the 2016 election, but The Week called the poll "hoopla," noting that only two winners have won the presidency since it started in 1976: Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.

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Mar 17, 2013 11:14 PM CDT
The GOP has given up on hand jobs, looks like it's going to be Rand jobs from now on.
Mar 17, 2013 1:00 PM CDT
Now you know how the guy who does testing for the local proctologist feels.
Mar 17, 2013 12:17 PM CDT
So how is Rand any different from Ron who they couldn't stand last time around? Still totally divided and they all think that THEY are the answer! Good luck gentlemen!