Rand Paul Wins 2014 CPAC Straw Poll; Ted Cruz, Ben Carson Are Runners-Up

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Senator Rand Paul (Credit: Benjamin Myers)

Senator Rand Paul (Credit: Benjamin Myers)

For the second year in a row, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) won the straw poll of attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Paul secured 31 percent of the vote.

“The fight for liberty continues, and we must continue to stand up and say: We’re free and no one, no matter how well-intentioned, will take our freedoms from us,” Paul said in a statement. “Together we will stand up for the Constitution. Together we will fight for what is right.”

The annual poll asked CPAC attendees who they would vote for as the Republican nominee for president in 2016. A total of 2,459 votes were cast over the three-day conference; 46 percent of those surveyed were between the ages of 18-25.

The final results:

Paul improved on his performance last year, when he received 25 percent of the vote at CPAC 2013. His father, former Representative Ron Paul (R-TX), won the CPAC straw poll in 2010 and 2011.

Rubio, who placed second last year with 23 percent, dropped to seventh. Last year, Cruz and Carson finished in seventh with 4 percent.

Other notable results included: