Republican Representative Ron Paul has won this year’s CPAC Presidential straw poll and defeated the likes of possible 2012 Presidential contenders such as former Governors Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin, according to CQ Politics
. Paul received 33 per cent of the vote; while Romney came second with 22 per cent and Palin was third and garnered 7 per cent.
reported on Friday that the 11-term Congressman delivered a speech at the Marriot Wardman Hotel in Washington, D.C. and received a warm reception as the audience chanted “End the Fed” several times. Paul responded back to the 1,100 person crowd, “The revolution is alive and well.”
However, there were a strong number of boos when Paul’s name came up on two large screens in the ballroom, according to Politico
. A spokesperson for CPAC quickly rushed over to reporters after the announcement and told them there were definitely boos after the straw poll results.
The CPAC straw poll asked attendees who they would vote for in the 2012 Republican primary and 33 per cent of the roughly 2,935 registrants voted in the former 1988 Libertarian presidential candidate’s favor. The poll was conducted by the GOP firm Fabrizio, McLaughlin & Associates.
Although it has been noted that CPAC organizers are “embarrassed” with the results, it is evident that conservative voters are not happy with the selection of candidates in 2012’s Presidential election. More than half of those who participated in the contest said they were unhappy with their choices, while 46 per cent were happy with the possible Presidential contenders.
The rest of those included in the polls gained only single digits such as Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and others.
The Washington Independent
notes that Paul’s Campaign for Liberty and Young Americans for Liberty were a massive presence at this year’s CPAC and held a court in a wing of the exhibit hall and also hosting satellite events with paleoconservative authors.
In 2009, Paul only received 13 per cent of the vote in CPAC’s straw poll.