Fresh off his solid CPAC straw poll victory, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has just been awarded the top spot in another Republican primary straw poll. Report from WPA Research:

WPA Opinion Research announced today that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has won this weekend’s Northeast Republican Leadership Presidential Survey capturing almost 15% of the vote.

“What this survey tells is that is that no one candidate has really separated themselves from the potential field in 2016,” said Ryan Steusloff Vice President of WPA Opinion Research. “At this point, the nomination is completely up-for-grabs and of the would-be contenders, no one can be ruled out just yet.”

The full results:

1. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) – 15%
2. Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) – 13%
3. Dr. Ben Carson – 11%
3. Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) – 11%
3. Fmr. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) – 11%
6. Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) – 9%
7. Fmr. Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) – 8%
8. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) – 4%
9. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) – 3%
10. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) – 3%
10. Fmr. Amb. John Bolton – 3%

Christie was right on his heels for this one as were a handful of others. I think this indicates that Republicans, in general, are still more split on their opinion than, perhaps, conservative activists at CPAC.


  1. Interesting. Of course, this is a poll of the northeast, and there are only about 12 republicans! That being said, I would have expected Christie to walk away with his home base. So it’s surprising that Rand beat him.

    Also surprising that Ryan was an “also ran.” He’s the kind of brainiac who should sell well there. And of course, he was on the ticket last time. Now he’s Nowhere Man.

    The way I see it, there are only two serious candidates: one is Rand, who has a low-BS image, especially as compared to carnival barkers, like Cruz and Rubio (“hurry, hurry, hurry, step right this way!”).

    The other serious option is Huckabee, who has a higher BS quotient than Rand, but he has something Rand does not. Huckabee is the only candidate who has the Reagan-Bill Clinton ability to calm people. Americans like to have a “daddy” in the White House. Huckabee is the only one who seems to “feel your pain.” And as noted above, he’s doing well in primary states.

    • I was thinking the same thing about Rand Paul, its surprising that he did so well in the North East. He may end up being the guy, he hasn’t made a big flub yet (like Rubio’s sip of water), and Cruz does definitely have a future doing info commercials…

      I don’t think Huckabee will be the guy long term. He’s got a history of being too soft on illegal immigrants. That’s a big no-no in the conservative and libertarian crowd. He doesn’t have a full on liberal stance, but it is too moderate for the taste of some for him to get the nomination. Although he likely would have gotten it in 2008 if Romney wasn’t running…so we’ll see how it goes.

      • Josh: That’s why I keep thinking Rand should have the nomination rolled up. While all these other jokers are dancing around like clowns, trying to find a “sound bite” they can turn into a bumper sticker, Rand comes off as thoughtful and measured.

        But one thing Rand lacks is that sense of reassurance that Americans want. We want a “daddy” to make it “all better.” Huckabee is the only one of either party who has that soothing personality.

        I don’t think Rand wants to settle for second-place, but a Huckabee-Rand Paul ticket would be hard to beat. And Rand is young. He’s got plenty of time to go for the brass ring.

        • PS–it would be seen as an old/new ticket–traditional values/new direction–fatherly/revolutionary–conservative/libertarian. All bases covered. Huck could say, “vote for me and we’ll make it all better,” while Rand could talk about shaking things up.

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