Rand Paul wins another straw poll
September 22nd, 2013
04:44 PM ET
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Rand Paul wins another straw poll

(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul was the favorite in a presidential straw poll at a Republican leadership conference in Michigan that concluded Sunday.

Of the 526 votes, the Kentucky Republican took 35%, while New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie received 16% at the three-day event on Mackinac Island.

"I want to talk about how he we grow the Republican Party and we make it a bigger party. Michigan is a good example of how there are some successes," Paul told reporters Saturday at the conference. "There's a Republican governor. There's a Republican state senate...and a Republican state house. But both U.S. Senate seats are held by Democrats and the president won pretty easily in Michigan."

"So we need to figure out how not only to win in the off-year, state elections," he continued. "We need to figure out how to win in the national elections also."

Read: Rand Paul on Obamacare: Democrats will get what they want

Following Paul and Christie were former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 8%, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at 7%, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas at 7%, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida at 5%, and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan at 4%.

Paul, Walker, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal delivered speeches at the conference.

Previous winners of the Mackinac presidential straw poll included former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in 2011 (and 2007) and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder in 2009.

This marks the second straw poll of the year for Paul, who says he'll make a decision next year about running for president in 2016. The senator took first place in a straw poll at a larger conservative gathering earlier this year in Washington, known as CPAC. His father, former GOP congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul, won the CPAC straw poll in 2011 and 2010.

The straw poll in Michigan was conducted by Gongwer News Service and Decider Strategies

– CNN's Steve Brusk contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2016 • Michigan • Rand Paul
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    The GOP might as well just pack it in till at least 2024 because they need to get ready for another GOP train wreck in 2016!!!!

    September 22, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    I would like to ask the poll respondents who support Ron Paul if they know that he made up a fake organization to give himself a fake credential when he was a doctor (his "organization" was located in his house and his wife was the VP and his father-in-law the secretary.)

    Isn't that special? No one knows what the Rant's made-up organization has for criteria for certifying anyone; maybe
    all they do is a pinky wave at a picture of Ayn Rand. There's no website for it (I just checked); however, it IS registered with the state of Kentucky as a nonprofit and claims to have certified a few hundred eye doctors (I'm guessing this last bit is a lie).

    Catch that? Rant's organization is a non-profit. So he gets to raise money through it TAX-FREE.

    Just wondering ...

    September 22, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Maybe, just maybe:
    If............
    Rant takes out Cruz and Rubio, then the general election takes out Rant, we have gotten rid of at three of the
    so-called "rising stars". It is a beginning.

    September 22, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  4. Amesbury

    Well, I seen the Ayn Rand thing is posted. Brilliant! NOT!

    Conservatives are the Garbage of America? Another genius at the keyboard!

    Senator Paul, and a couple of others are the only ones making any sense. Folks don't realize it because they have become accustomed to pie in the sky promises, government handouts, and such a loss of life's liberties and freedoms that they are numb to the truth.

    September 22, 2013 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  5. mario

    who really care,,,please ,cause right now nobody care of gop just like they don't care of the middle class

    September 22, 2013 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  6. Solomon Walker

    Imagine my excitement.

    September 22, 2013 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  7. jinx9to88

    What about Cruz? LMAO

    September 22, 2013 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  8. John in Brooklyn

    I so hope he wins the GOP nomination in 2016....It would be like the Republicans kinda saying, "Oops, we forgot to nominate Dan Quayle! Who's the best alternative?"

    September 22, 2013 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  9. Lindsey

    Rand Paul 2016! This guy is the real deal!

    September 22, 2013 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  10. rs

    If Mr. Paul is the best they can do, the GOP is in deep trouble.

    September 22, 2013 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  11. MaryM

    Hell, rand could even win Iowa like Bachmann. hahahahaha

    September 22, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  12. Catmandew

    Paul get your butt back to work what the hang are you doing in MI? We don't need you here you are supposed to be in DC. Do your job and represent the Commonwealth of Kentucky! You really need to get to work and start walking across that aisle to get things done Senator. Senate needs to pass a budget, there's work to do on healthcare you've already admited it's not going anywhere so fix it! Then you might get somewhere.

    September 22, 2013 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  13. Mat Nazarian

    Apparently the GOP is getting serious about "small government". FINALLY! I'm sick of big government socialist warhawks like Bush and Obama.

    September 22, 2013 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  14. Jack

    He may have won the straw poll, but don't think he can win a general election!

    September 22, 2013 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  15. Dan5404

    A straw poll for a straw man by a bunch of extremists that live in a straw house. Someone will drop a match in it before 2016.

    September 23, 2013 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  16. Michael Benjamin

    We're all hoping that he will be the Republican nominee. Any Democrat will mop the floor with him.

    September 23, 2013 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  17. Thomas

    Who is giving the Aqua Buddha the big money ? As soon as Romney gave his concession speech , Randy boy was spending the big bucks on 2016. His filibuster was nothing more then an ad campaign !

    September 23, 2013 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
  18. USAPeasant

    Well compared to the other combatants Rand is the GOP's only hope in 2016 against the political heavyweight and also signatory to all the mistakes of Bush and Obama; Hillary Clinton.
    Cruz isn't too bad, but there's no birther conspiracy with Cruz, it is publicly known he ain't born here. Shouldn't get him down though, Senator is a powerful position and maybe one day his kid can run for president off his dad's name like Rand.
    Rubio is okay actually, at first he bowed to the establishment, but as of lately he has flipped to the Party Reformist side displayed by his vote on Syria and surprise turn to oppose NSA. However the media is effectively made him into a cartoon character to the wider public.
    Christie is the establishment favorite and also could nab democrat voters in theory (a hair-brained conspiracy theory at that in a run against Hilldog the dems will stay loyal), but at the same time the common person/swing voter is turned off by his strong Jersey personality. Good governor, especially for his state as he represents their bad qualities and good qualities like gritty tenacity that makes his state unique and a strong force as seen in the handling of Hurricane Sandy, but he is not electable to President in a nationwide vote.

    As for Jeb Bush, sorry bro, there won't be a Bush President for about 100 years just on name recognition, if not longer. Paul Ryan is an establishment favorite too, but he tainted himself by stepping in Mitt and also among the political independents the follow politics he is disliked for his woeful policies and votes against fundamental American freedoms. Scott Walker, not too sure about him, he has no real star power and I'm surprised he is included.

    September 23, 2013 05:53 am at 5:53 am |
  19. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Rant Paul endorsed immigration reform like Marco Rubio who got 5%. Can't wait to see the GOBP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea potty's throats Mitt the twit style.

    September 23, 2013 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  20. Marie MD

    The straw man wins a straw poll. My dpg can run against this racist turkey who sounds like half his brain was/is on drugs and win in a landslide.
    It will be a long time, if ever, for this fool,, the Canadian and others who want to control everyone's lives to be elected anything in a general election.
    @think again, interesting.

    September 23, 2013 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  21. Warren

    "Republican leadership conference in Michigan
    Can this group be for real?? Who else was in this poll? , Daffy Duck. If so then Daffy should have won.....

    September 23, 2013 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  22. sifto

    Paul's idea to make all govt employees and Obama followers take Obamacare without subsidies...just like the rest of ordinary Americans....should win him the election...

    September 23, 2013 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  23. JEan

    If he is running he won' get my vote.

    September 23, 2013 07:50 am at 7:50 am |