The CPAC presidential poll

Stuff reports:

Kentucky Senator won the conference’s presidential preference straw poll, a symbolic victory that reflects his popularity among conservatives who typically hold outsized influence in the GOP’s presidential selection process.

Not really. Here’s a list of poll winners, and most of them never became the party nominee:

  • Ronald Reagan (became nominee)
  • Jack Kemp
  • Phil Gramm
  • Steve Forbes
  • Gary Bauer
  • George W Bush (became nominee)
  • Rudy Giuliani
  • George Allen
  • Mitt Romney (lost nomination in 2008, won it in 2012)
  • Ron Paul
  • Rand Paul

Rand Paul is more politically acceptable than his father Ron Paul, and is a serious contender. But I wouldn’t call him the front runner.

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