CPAC to test 26 candidates for president with straw poll

This year’s Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll includes more than two dozen names for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, signaling just how wide open the race is.

The list also underscores the emergence of a new generation of Republican leaders, with eight of the 26 potential candidates younger than 50.

“This is our 41st year and, in the past, every time we have done a straw poll we had a good idea within the presidential candidate possibilities who would be the favorite,” said Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union, which hosts CPAC.

“Most of the front-runners for the 2016 Republican nomination sweepstakes are throwing their hats in the ring for the first time, and they have yet to be fully vetted by the press in terms of a presidential election. It is a different standard and more scrutiny,” he said.

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