Rand Paul wins third straight CPAC straw poll

02/28/2015 05:58 PM

For a third straight year in a row U.S. Sen. Rand Paul won the Conservative Political Action Conference presidential preference poll.

The 3,000 libertarian-leaning young activists had Paul coming out on top of the crowded potential field of Republican candidates. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came in second place in the poll, according to the Washington Times

Paul said he was “humbled by the enthusiastic support and encouragement” he received at CPAC.

“Our party is filled with constitutional conservatives who have chosen to stand with me for a third consecutive straw poll victory,” the Bowling Green Republican said in a statement. “Since President Ronald Reagan, the Conservative Political Action Conference has been the gold standard on where conservatives stand.

“The Constitutional Conservatives of our party have spoken in a loud and clear voice today. I plan on doing my part and I hope you will join me as I continue to make the GOP a bigger, better and bolder party.”

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, dropped to third place in the poll, neurosurgeon Ben Carson finished fourth and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush trailed in fifth place.

Paul spoke to the crowd at CPAC On Friday, delivering a nearly 20-minute speech and teasing that he would soon seek the “largest tax cut in American history.”


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