By Lesley Rozycki 3-10-14
Tea Party darling, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, won the CPAC-Washington Times Straw Poll for the second consecutive year.
The annual poll held at the conservative conference is a good indicator of who attendees favor to win the Republican nomination for president.
Paul, who earned 31 percent of the vote, spoke to a packed room at the conference on Friday.
Coming in at a distant second place, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas received 11 percent of the vote while Dr. Ben Carson took third place with 9 percent. Despite the recent Bridgegate scandal, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie came in fourth with 8 percent.
Other familiar names like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania tied for fifth place, while Florida Sen. Marco Rubio came in seventh.
The straw poll came at the end of a three-day conference for conservatives held just outside of Washington. Almost 2,500 people voted in this year’s poll and nearly half of the participants were between the ages of 18 and 25.