Saturday, March 16, 2013

Rand Paul wins CPAC straw poll

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul followed in the footsteps of his dad this afternoon, and won CPAC's annual presidential straw poll.

It wasn't a surprising win.

Over half of all participants were between the ages of 18 years-old and 25 years-old, and 2/3 of all participants were male.

In other words, "libertarian kids in their dorm rooms" -- as John McCain called Rand's filibuster supporters -- came heavily to Paul's aid, just as they did in 2010 and 2011 for Ron.

Here are the results:

1. Rand Paul 25%

2. Marco Rubio 23%

3. Rick Santorum 8%

4. Chris Christie 7%

5. Paul Ryan 6%

6. Scott Walker 5%

7. Ben Carson and Ted Cruz 4%

9. Bobby Jindal and Sarah Palin 3%

What's notable?

Chris Christie, despite being snubbed and mocked sporadically throughout conference, managed a 4th place showing.

Still, don't read too much into this. It's non-scientific and hardly reflective of a national cross-section of GOP voters.