CPAC 2015 Straw Poll: Rand Paul wins again — but Scott Walker is surging

Sen. Rand Paul won The Washington Times/CPAC presidential preference straw poll for the third time in a row while Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker surged to second place, as they trounced the rest of a strong but crowded field of potential candidates Saturday.

Sen. Ted Cruz slipped to third place, down a rung from his showing last year, with retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson in fourth and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush fifth. Mr. Bush was booed by the crowd when his name was announced in the poll results, suggesting how polarizing a figure he is among conservatives.

The more than 3,000 activists who voted at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference also showed commanding support for legalizing marijuana, with a strong plurality of 41 percent saying it should be legal for recreational use, and another 26 percent saying Americans should be able to at least use it for medicinal purposes with permission of a doctor.

10 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Old lady in Texas says:

    Money keeps voting Rand! We really, really, really need someone who can win (if there is an election)!!!

  • sn1616 says:

    The only viable candidates are Walker and Carson. Good honest men. A far cry for the incredibly corrupt Obama gang.

  • rbutkowski says:

    It appears that CPAC has been taken over by Libertarians. The clue is the persistent demand for legalization of POT. So legalize already and tax it heavily if pot smokers want it so badly. Also bust anyone under its influence. We need to focus on real issues, like prosecuting treason.

  • conservativeandproud says:

    Walker, period. He is the best and has walked the walk, does not just talk, but acts. No one has the record and battle scars of standing up for conservative principles like he does.

  • The Hawk says:

    Who are these people who keep voting Rand the Libertarian every year at CPAC? Walker/Carson 0216….

  • GQ4U says:

    Rand in 2016.

    1. Ramona Briscoe says:

      Walker & Perry…….2015&2016……..God Bless America…..

      1. GQ4U says:

        Walker is okay but has an issue with Common Core and Perry is okay and as POTUS he said he would abolish several government agencies — if he remembers who they are.

        Either one would be infinitely better than Obama but neither one adheres to constitutional principles like Rand Paul. We need to scale back the welfare state and the warfare state before its too late — if its not already.

    2. TabBCat says:

      He threw his support behind McConnell n the primary. Lost me on that.

      1. GQ4U says:

        Yes he did and I didn’t like it, but He could see that McConnell was in a tight race with a democrat at the time and we needed to seize control of the senate. At least the useless McConnell owes Paul a favor or two. No candidate is perfect but I haven’t heard of a more constitutionally grounded one than Paul.

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