I could have recycled this headline from 2013 and 2014, when Rand Paul also won the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) straw poll with similar margins. Though his support is down six points from 2014, he still commands quite a presence at the annual event which has been won by someone with the last name of “Paul” five out of the last six years.

The final results for 2015:

25.7% – Rand Paul
21.4% – Scott Walker
11.5% – Ted Cruz
11.4% – Ben Carson
8.3% – Jeb Bush

Report from Yahoo News:

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has won the Conservative Political Action Conference’s annual presidential preference straw poll.

Pollsters announced Saturday that Paul won 25.7 percent of the votes in the annual survey, giving Paul his third consecutive win in as many years.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came in second, with 21.4 percent. Sen. Ted Cruz came in third in the contest with 11.5 percent, followed by retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson with 11.4 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with 8.3 percent. All of the other names listed received under 5 percent.

The three-day CPAC conference in suburban Washington draws many libertarian-leaning college students whose views and priorities differ significantly from the Republican Party at large. But it is nonetheless seen as a barometer of certain conservative activists’ early leanings.

Pollsters said just over 3,000 attendees voted. Nearly half identified as between the ages of 18 and 25.

Respondents said economic issues, like jobs and taxes, were most important to them in deciding whom to support as the Republican nominee for president in 2016.

Interesting to note is that Mitt Romney won in 2012, the year he went on to become the nominee. Rand has won ’13, ’14, and now ’15. The question will be who wins a year from now. Scott Walker had a strong showing in second place, only a few points behind Paul which I’d assume most candidates take as a victory in and of itself.

Jeb Bush garnering about 8% is a little higher than I expected but this isn’t the voting block he’s playing to so maybe that’s a good result for him. He knows he’s not going to win a big chunk of conservative/libertarian vote, but he showed up to compete for it and make his case.

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    • Surf: You’re the most negative person I’ve ever encountered. In what way am I supposedly “wrong.” I never said Rand would lose. I only wondered if your head would explode if he did.

  1. My observations:
    1) Christie was awful and is a disgrace.
    2) Rand was awesome.
    3) so was Carly Fiorina.

  2. And forgot to add #4 – I was really not impressed by Scott Walker. His speech was full of empty rhetoric.

  3. This is the type speech I want to hear from a Conservative candidate running for President and sadly haven’t heard thus far. No tap dancing to appease donors or certain factions, no empty rhetoric that you know will draw applause but have no intention of enforcing once elected, no stand up comedy. PURE REAGANESQUE who incidentally also fought the Bush family and the no principles, no strategy, no guts of the establishment wing in his days. In addition he list all the grievances against “King Obama” without the smiley faces the GOP / RNC establishment puts on his tyranny. Simply defend the Constitution and the Republic !

    Ladies and Gentleman I give you Mr. Mark Levin @ CPAC 28th February 2015

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdSRss7K3P8

    • It was a pretty good speech, strongly delivered, and I liked going back to the Founding Fathers, but it was, unfortunately, overstated to the point of hysteria.

      For instance, at minute 7:00, “I am sick and tired of the American citizen being demeaned, and treated as a second-class citizen, while ANYBODY who crosses the border is treated as the most virtuous human being on the face of the earth.” [My emphasis.]

      I agree that Cubans are ridiculously treated as celebrities when they sneak in, but not the rest, and this language is the kind of ridiculous overstatement that makes it hard to take him seriously in other parts of his speech.

      • You’re entitled to your opinion. That is after all what these political blogs are about exchanging opinion, ideas and views.

        You and Tess can’t seem to differentiate however between Cuban’s fleeing a Communist dictatorship and all of Central America pouring over our borders and being ignored by our elected officials for their own self serving purposes. Mark Levin was talking about the later not the former when he said they are treated as virtuous human beings.

        • Mark Levin is apparently obsessed with the thought that he is entitled to fashion history as he sees fit. I take great offense at his statement “we own the Constitution”
          (meaning his select group). The Constitution was written to be the conscience of our nation…each and everyone to be treated equally. No “we’s”, No you’s”, simply everyone. It is gross ignorance to refer to any president, past or present, as Mister. Whether one approves or disapproves of the man in the Oval Office, whether he won your vote or not, he is the choice of the majority of voters, making that person the
          President of the United States and the title and office should be respected.

          In referencing what he called “Obama phones”…the policy for some indigents to have
          free telephones was actually an act signed by President Ronald Reagan. As chief of staff for Attorney General Edwin Meese, has Mark Levin forgotten President Ronald Reagan’s administration secretly took millions of dollars from weapons
          sales to Iran and routed them and guns to the right-wing “Contra” guerrillas
          in Nicaragua.

          And about dictators. A dictator is a dictator is a dictator whether it be of a communist regime, an army takeover general, or the subtitle president which is used in Central America. The United States government has given military training and assistance to some of the world’s worst human rights abusers, the Atlacatl Battalion in El Salvador, the Kabiles inGuatemala, and Battalion 316 in Honduras. The people of El
          Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras suffer daily from uncontrolled violence of
          street gangs, drug cartels, and political persecution. The young are so
          terrified, so desperate that they embark on the long and dangerous exodus to
          reach what they think will be safety.

          It can be said in all sincerity that President Obama has simply followed the exemplary
          lead of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H W Bush on our immigration
          problem. November 6, 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act giving 3 million unauthorized immigrants legalization if they had been living in the United States since January 1, 1982. This bill separated families. While President Reagan attempted to get a bill through Congress to correct this, it failed to pass. Shortly after Congress’ failure, the administration granted a blanket deferral of deportation for children under 18 (the basis for the present Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). In July 1989, President George H W Bush pushed a law to prohibit deporting family members of immigrants in the process of legalizing and directed officials to grant them work authorization. The House failed to act so President Bush, like President Reagan, used executive action. President Bush’s family fairness program helped up to 1.5 million family members,
          which amounted to over 40 percent of the 3.5 million unauthorized immigrants in
          the U.S. at the time.

          • Yadda, yadda, yadda. and I take great offense at President Obama overstepping his Constitutional authority. The “We” Mark Levin was referring to was “We the people……” and referring to a past president as “Mr.” could hardly be considered an insult unless you have no other argument and are looking for something to blow out of proportion. Which is exactly the sum total of your argument. free phones

            • “Yadda, yadda, yadda”, is an unfamiliar term. However, I do know it is not an acceptable rebuttal.

              I didn’t bring up free phones…Mark Levin did, calling it the
              Obama phone. Yet Levin was chief of staff of President Reagan’s attorney general when this law was signed. Also, remember, you are the one who introduced Mark Levin into the conversation.

              Bob, whatever made you think illegal immigrants vote for democrats? Illegals cannot vote, period. The great injustice is the “wet foot” policy. A
              Cuban immigrant, who was illegal while swimming or stepping off a boat, becomes legal by just setting foot on American soil. Mexico’s present government is Socialist, Marxist, and some left over Communism. Politics, economics and gangsterism entwine at the highest levels of the
              Mexican government today. Mexicans have grown accustomed to the everyday news of decapitations, group executions and torture. It also exposes a bigger problem: drug money makes the Mexican economy go round. A 2010 United States-Mexican study estimated that the cartels are responsible for an annual cash flow of between 19 billion and 29 billion dollars from the United States to Mexico. The actions of the controlling Mexican Cartel commits crimes and atrocities that Fidel Castro never dreamed of. Who would not want to leave such a way of life?

              I did not use the acts of Presidents Reagan and Bush to justify anything. Every thought does not have to reek of Republican, Democrat or Tea Party policy. My point being that all three presidents, Reagan, Bush and Obama, seemed to use the same thought pattern. Each used executive actions to accomplish what they felt was a just and right path for immigrants.

              To say “American government is at fault argument’ is an old
              and tired excuse, then why do you continually use it? When you elect to trash President Obama, Hilary Clinton while Secretary of State, or any other government official you disdain, you are using this old and tired excuse, for you are talking about the American government.

              About the post you send me on the cost of illegals in Texas.
              I, in turn, sent you a post with the report of Texas Comptroller of Public
              Accounts Carole Keeton Strayhorn, showing the state’s monetary gain from
              illegal immigrants. If you think it was federal tax money that primarily feed the influx of young children crossing into Texas then you would be wrong. The churches, all denominations, local charities, caring individuals along the
              border, banded together to help feed and shelter the flow of children because
              the government was not equipped to do so at the time.

            • Bob…Before you take on more roles as the great white father, don’t quote Wikipedia.
              Anyone can edit or create a new article at will. Volunteers do not require
              formal training. Wikipedia doesn’t even give a test for accuracy. If you truly believe your Wikipedia rehectoric, come and walk the Texas border towns such as El Paso, Brownsville, McAllen, or Laredo to name a few. If you are still alive, wade the Rio to their sister cities Ciudad Juarez, Matamoros, Reynosa, and Nuevo Laredo and your chances lessen even more. Especially if you are a gringo. The Mexican Drug Cartel operates freely inside our US border as well as in the interior of Mexico.

              The party in control of the Mexican government is the Institutional
              Revolutionary Party. Present President Pena Nieto is certainly helping Mexico’s economy. It is now the second largest economy in Latin America, according to the World Bank. Mexico’s GDP was $1.845 trillion in 2013, slightly ahead of Canada’s $1.518 trillion. Mexico is the world’s ninth largest producer of oil, exporting nearly three million barrels per day. Mexico has become a major manufacturing center for electronics,including most of the flat-screen TVs sold in the U.S., medical
              devices and aerospace parts (Source: NYT). Not to mention their agricultural exports. Mexican businessman Carlos Slim Helú has just bumped Bill Gates again as the richest man in the world. President Pena Nieto has a new bill that will gather the police and security forces under the control of the Interior Department, an office long used to pressure opponents, rig elections and strong-arm the media, much like the former days of this ruling party. However, President Nieto does not have the gangs and the Cartel under control or even near control. Drug money helps to fuel the economy even more.

              Back to immigration and democrats. Even Carl Rove will tell you that over 40% of
              Texas Hispanics vote Republican. In Texas Senator John Cronyn’s last election, he garnered 50% of the Hispanic votes. George Prescott Bush (Jeb’s son) had 49% of Hispanic votes when elected Land Commissioner.

              By the way, Mexico still has a very active Communist Party. You can find it on line. There is many, many Marxist converts remaining in Mexico. CROM, Mexico’s largest labor federation was founded by a Marxist. The Institutional Revolutionary Party is a centrist party member of the Socialist International.

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