Rand Paul wins Maine GOP straw poll
April 27th, 2014
07:17 PM ET
8 years ago

Rand Paul wins Maine GOP straw poll

(CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul won a presidential straw poll this weekend at Maine's GOP convention.

The Kentucky Republican, who's seriously considering a bid for the White House in 2016 and who spoke at the convention on Saturday, took just over a quarter (26%) of the 690 ballots cast.

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas came in second with 14%, followed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at 10% and both physician Ben Carson and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at 9%.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush took 8%, with Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin at 5%, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice tied at 4%.

Rand Paul heads to Maine

Sen. Rand Paul convincingly wins CPAC presidential straw poll

Filed under: 2016 • Rand Paul
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Pander Bear

    Straw poll, eh? So 26% of Maine scarecrows want him as President then? That's about what this amounts to.

    April 27, 2014 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  2. Chris-E...al

    The straw polls are as accurate as a democrats puppies hind leg . And that you can count on .

    April 27, 2014 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  3. king

    hey this looks like the fringe of the fringe. i wouldn't want to be in the top tear of this straw poll, because every one in the lead has a snow ball in hell of winning the general election against Clinton. i guest they have to get more of these militia type tea partyers on the beat.

    April 27, 2014 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  4. TuffUSA

    Rand is the only candidate that can resurrect the real GOP.

    April 27, 2014 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Randy Paul 2016

    Twice as smart as Rick Perry for the same price .

    April 28, 2014 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  6. Gurgyl

    -this guy is not even qualified to be cook in the WH. Period.

    April 28, 2014 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  7. devil's advocate

    What a line up, lmao, man, are you guys in trouble!

    April 28, 2014 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  8. Gurgyl

    -Republican Party is pretty much gone to dogs by virtue of Bush, Dick etc. Very pathetic–sold to NRA, Israel, Oil nations. GOP is gone to dogs, may be replaced with strong populist party.

    April 28, 2014 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Straw polls are meaningless. If I'm not mistaken, out of all of the top vote getters, Rand Paul was the only one who actually attended and spoke at the convention. Rand Paul should have won it by a bigger margin.

    April 28, 2014 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Thomas wrote:

    Randy Paul 2016. Twice as smart as Rick Perry for the same price
    Does that mean that Paul can remember 4 out of 6, compared to 2 out of 3?

    April 28, 2014 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  11. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Scary. The only one on that whole list with an operational clue (Condi Rice) tied for last with Mike Huckleberry (the one with the least operational clue)!

    April 28, 2014 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  12. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh goody. GOPerville Flavor of the Month straw votes have begun in earnest.

    Aqua Buddha 2016

    April 28, 2014 09:00 am at 9:00 am |