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

    Go Ron Paul! I'm generally a Dem but I totally dig his principled sincerity. He'd have my line-crossing vote!

    February 13, 2011 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
  2. j

    Of all the speakers at this nonsense-fest, Dr. Paul is the one man with the actual comprehension and record of TRUE constitutional conservatism to fit the bill. Most of you @$$holes need to understand that conservative != "family values" BS. The good Dr. is the only person in the Republican field with the voting record and conservative cred to be trusted. The man is integrity incarnate. no corporate $$$ like the other clowns. I don't even agree with 1/3 of his beliefs, but would vote for this guy any day of the week because of his sheer conviction and tenacity. This is what we need. not an establishment puppet from either party, but a man that has established himself as an honest representative of the people, NOT corporate constituents,

    February 13, 2011 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  3. willie sykes

    look good

    February 13, 2011 03:04 am at 3:04 am |
  4. Dave

    I think it's time for libertarians to take their place as the leading political philosophy in this country. For too long the Democrats and Republicans have encourage this "left" vs "right", "liberal" vs "conservative" crud, and people are finally realizing that there is a philosophy that takes the best of both sides. Freedom is a good thing!

    February 13, 2011 03:23 am at 3:23 am |
  5. 2partiessamechoice

    Ron Paul wont be allowed to win. He will be stone walled just like he was in 2008.

    February 13, 2011 03:24 am at 3:24 am |
  6. Ron Paul ?

    OB & GYN physician running for the President.
    He looks like a fetus.

    February 13, 2011 04:02 am at 4:02 am |
  7. Gerrit Blok

    The Ron Paul movement is still growing. The whole Tea Party is a result of the Ron Paul campain. Ron Paul is the only one who fully understands foreign policy, sound economics and the constitution, hopefully we all understand it as well.

    Liberty for all !

    February 13, 2011 04:35 am at 4:35 am |

    Pretty interesting results, the conservative Former Gov. Huckabee in 11th place at 2% and the money only please conservative Former Half gov. Palin in 9th place at 3% and then there's the fruit cake conservative Rep. Michele Bachmann at 4%. Ron Paul the only consistent very conservative captured 1st place with 30% of the vote followed by the ever changing in the wind Former Gov. Mitt Romney at 23%. All in all the almost 4,000 CPAC conservatives did a very good job of ranking the candidates, the only surprise was the poor showing of Huckabee.

    February 13, 2011 04:38 am at 4:38 am |
  9. Braden

    I voted for Ralph Nader in the last two elections, but I would seriously consider voting for Ron Paul if he's on the ballot. Generally speaking, the Republican and Democratic parties are a revolving door of big business and wall street. It's a duopoly. Ron Paul, however, seems to have real values, not corporate ones. He wants to audit the fed, which is a grate idea.....because it's not even a federal institutions, it just had fed in the name. He would bring our troops home from their wasteful wars so they could be in our country. Maybe then there could be real control at the southern border. He's against the fraudulent war on drugs that's given us the highest prisoner/citizen ration in the entire world. He just seems independent to me....and it would be great to see him get the Republican nomination. He's the republicans only chance at winning. Can you imagine the Ron Paul-Obama debate. THINK ABOUT IT!

    February 13, 2011 04:55 am at 4:55 am |
  10. ceekwon

    dmn glancing at it i thought it said straw pull.

    February 13, 2011 05:26 am at 5:26 am |
  11. Ramon F Herrera

    The wacko among the wackos.

    February 13, 2011 05:45 am at 5:45 am |

    What's new? This happens every year and then Ron Paul gets 6% in each primary . Snooki Palin was pimp slapped for not showing up. Run Snooki run!

    February 13, 2011 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  13. Anonymous

    Good, then obama should have no problem getting reelected!

    February 13, 2011 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  14. bronco

    Sarah Palin at 3%? Really? And do folks realize Ron's son is a hard right loon?

    February 13, 2011 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  15. Andrew

    Ron Paul is definitely the most competent candidate against Barack Obama. Not that he has a chance, but none of the others will even come close. A debate between Obama and palin will open up a crater the size of her stupidity on the north American continent. We may be engulfed by both oceans... Although the etertainment value would certainly be eternal. I do miss snl and the palin impersonations.

    February 13, 2011 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  16. Jersey George

    It's evident why Palin didn't attend CPAC. She's irrelevant and not the darling of the conservative movement that many pundits, especially FOX News, would have us believe. She's a thin-skinned, whining juvenile who acts like a teenage girl having a hissy fit every time someone criticizes her for valid reasons. I cannot believe there people out there who think she's presidential timber. The intelligence level of her supporters is absolutely breathtaking. Obama's not as good as I had hoped he would be but he's far less dangerous to our country than she would be.

    February 13, 2011 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  17. jepo

    We need GOOD candidates to beat Obama. This is the best? Come on GOP! We need an ELECTABLE person. Enough of the religous nuts and uber consevatives already. We need someone that is very financially conservative, moderate socially. Leave govt out of our lives. Period.

    February 13, 2011 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  18. jepo

    How about John Stossel?

    February 13, 2011 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  19. guitarharry

    Please, by all means; nominate this sputtering old geezer. Obama would annihilate him with ease.

    February 13, 2011 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  20. Rick

    A question for the staff of CNN. Since Sarah trademarked her named, shouldn't her entry be "Former Alaska Governor Sarah Pallin TM"

    February 13, 2011 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  21. Jonathan

    Well, nice to see Republicans are getting their heads on straight. Ron Paul should've been picked the last time. We all know he would've won had he been nominated in 2008. If he runs this time, he should pick Gary Johnson. Those two would make sure we had little to no taxes and be left alone to live our lives as we please.

    February 13, 2011 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  22. chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    Once agin CPAC has chosen the only person committed to restoring the county's freedom and liberty! The special interests groups, Wall Street and the global Corporate interests can not own this man. Even the Republican party and The Federal Reserve bank can not control this man. Ron Paul stands for the people's liberty only.

    February 13, 2011 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  23. john

    Lord at least Palin is way down there, But still noone worth replacing Obam. Hope he is reelected.!!!!

    February 13, 2011 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  24. Sadie Boyd

    This is the only Republican who wants to get out of Iraq. He is truly a fiscal conservative with some scary ideas for cuts...but at least he is more willing to cut the military than Obama...this may be the first time I will vote for a Republican...EXCEPT...his son sickens me and the thought of that sociopath near the White House, even as a visitor, really makes my skin crawl...

    February 13, 2011 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  25. Lee Bartholomew

    that doesn't surprise me much. Although at CPAC. as divisive as some of these people are.. maybe slightly.

    Ron isn't. He'd give Obama a hard time because I'd almost be tempted to vote for him. Only Republican I ever would vote for. When Libertarian meant more middle of the road. He's the old style. Not the extreme right wing Liberatarians 🙁 No I don't agree with everything he does. But then again I don't agree with everything Obama does. He was voted in to be someone who would reach across the isle. Problem is. There's no hands there anymore. THe people he would have worked for were either fired or switched sides.

    February 13, 2011 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
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