Rep. Ron Paul wins CPAC straw poll
February 12th, 2011
05:24 PM ET
12 years ago

Rep. Ron Paul wins CPAC straw poll

Washington (CNN) - The results of the Washington Times CPAC straw poll of presidential candidates are in, and the winner is Texas Rep. Ron Paul, with 30 percent of the vote. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was the runner-up with 23 percent.

There were 3,742 ballots cast in the annual survey, which is a chance for devotees to name their pick for president in 2012. Fifty-six percent of those surveyed said they were generally satisfied with the field of potential candidates and 43 percent said they wished the GOP had a better field of potential candidates. For those surveyed, the size of the federal government was the most important issue to them.

CPAC is an annual gathering of conservatives, which this year served as the first cattle-call of potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates.

The full results:

Texas Rep. Ron Paul: 30 percent
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: 23 percent
Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson: 6 percent
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: 6 percent
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich: 5 percent
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty: 4 percent
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann: 4 percent
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels: 4 percent
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin: 3 percent
Former talk show host Herman Cain: 2 percent
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee: 2 percent
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum: 2 percent
South Dakota Sen. John Thune: 2 percent
U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman: 1 percent
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour: 1 percent
Others: 5 percent
Undecided: 1 percent

Filed under: CPAC 2011
soundoff (248 Responses)
  1. Argle Bargle

    Why couldn't Ron Paul be from anywhere but Texas (or anywhere else in the south for that matter?)

    February 12, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  2. Karen

    All suck. I'm voting for Obama!!

    February 12, 2011 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  3. Marc

    When are the Republicans going to get a clue and support the candidate that the people want, Dr. Ron Paul!!!!!

    February 12, 2011 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  4. Clwyd

    Ron will still have to hold a separate convention come 2012 as he is so far out of the mainstream of even the loony republicans that he doesn't belong. Maybe Ann Coulther can be his running mate. Sort of a repeat of McCain/Palin with hopefully the same results, but worse!

    February 12, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  5. Silence Dogood

    Good for Ron. Run Ron, Run! Let the Independents review your stances and remember why they voted for Obama.

    February 12, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  6. Rick

    This just shows how irrelevant this group is.

    February 12, 2011 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  7. ohhiya


    February 12, 2011 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  8. William Marlowe

    If Ron Paul would agree to regulate Wall Street and actually clean up Wall Street and stop giving our money away to countries like 1.3 B to Egypt's military... I would consider voting for him.

    February 12, 2011 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  9. bobby

    Ron Paul went from not being republican enough to most conservative?

    February 12, 2011 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  10. Laxer37

    We all know how important the CPAC straw poll is...look how far it got Ron Paul last time around.

    February 12, 2011 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  11. Bob

    Ron Paul has about as much chance of being elected President as I do.

    February 12, 2011 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  12. not going for it

    This is bull. The GOP is only buying time. They have no idea who they want to lead the party. Just too many so called front runners. Bunch of sloppy bull malarky to throw the dems off if you ask me. No one person they have can compare to Obama. Not even close.

    February 12, 2011 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  13. Ronnie

    It is weird that Ron Paul always wins these straw polls etc but can never even get close nationally.

    February 12, 2011 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  14. Bob

    So Sarah got 71 votes, she could probably do better than that nation wide LOL

    February 12, 2011 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  15. Rationalist

    Of that list, Mitt Romney is the only one that would stand a chance at beating Obama. Ron Paul is a joke, no one would take Johnson or Christie seriously, Gingrich has baggage that would drag him down, and Pawlenty, Bachmann, or Palin running would not only keep the GOP out of the White House, it would probably be the worst defeat the GOP has seen since 1936.

    February 12, 2011 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  16. jwiles

    A lot of people I know are already liking the fact that Paul won...just like they did in 2007, except for Romney.
    In 2007, McCain, the eventual nominee came in FIFTH with 12% behind Romney (#1; 21%), Giuliani (#2; 17%), Brownback (#3; 15%), Gingrich (#4, 14%).
    In 1999, it went to Steve Forbes!
    Seems to me it's a pretty bad indicator of who will win.

    February 12, 2011 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  17. itsbin

    Didn't he win this last time? Too bad the American people realize Ron is their best shot at a good government.

    February 12, 2011 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  18. Name Creole

    You know I was always told that empty barrel's make's the most noise.....these folk are a trip and they are sad,funny stupid and the whole nine yards. And they beleave the crazyness that come out of there mouth......Lord help us. These Repulic Party of NO!!!!! Needs help and the folks that vote's for them needs help also.

    February 12, 2011 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  19. itsbin

    ... American people DON'T realize ... sry.

    February 12, 2011 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  20. andrew nguyen

    good luck Ron Paul,but i stick with what mr Trumph said,you are not going to be a president because if you were,you would destroy America.There will be some naive people that put you in the House,but the majority of American won't be fool by your extremist character.You want to cut spending,that is fine if you need to cut your own salary,do not use our tax money on your own purpose.I hope the America will realize that they make a huge mistake by putting those extremists such as the Tea Party people.Those are nothing but haters.They hate the Fed,hate the president ,hate the little men like us.But they forget that they are the goverment themself.Coming to cut spending ,would you,Ron Paul,cut your own salary?I thank the people that sacrify their lives for the country,unite the country,not turning everyone agaisnt one another like the Tea Party trying to do.

    February 12, 2011 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |

    That's OK, Sarah will still win the nomination.

    February 12, 2011 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  22. mawingu21

    Ron Paul for the win. He has my vote for president without a doubt.

    February 12, 2011 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  23. Thatguy371

    He's the only repub I'd vote for in the presidential race 2012.

    February 12, 2011 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  24. David Fitzgerald

    Wow. This is the best they could do? I would hope they can come up with better pretty soon.

    February 12, 2011 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  25. WALLYJ

    Isnt this nice for you Republicans, No Palin, no Rommney, no Gingrich and no to the other's time to just give uppp

    February 12, 2011 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
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