Rand Paul has won the presidential straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Rand received 31 percent of the votes, Ted Cruz came in second with 11 percent. Neurosurgeon Ben Carson finished third with 9 percent, ahead of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who received 8 percent. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum tied for fifth place, with 7 percent.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who finished second last year, fell to seventh place, receiving only 6 percent. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) finished eighth, with 3 percent – tying Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Four others pulled 2 percent: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
GOP pollster Tony Fabrizio, who has run the straw poll since 1986, said that nearly half of the straw poll voters were between the ages of 18 to 25.
The Mitch McConnell-endorsing, pro unemployment benefits extension, Rand issued a statement calling the poll results a continuation of the fight for liberty, which apparently doesn't include liberty for the people of Crimea, since Rand has called for President Obama to act strongly against the desires of the Crimean people who desire to be aligned with Russia and not with western Ukranians. See: OUTRAGE Rand Paul Comes Down on the Side of Neocons on Ukraine