Ron Paul Leads CPAC Straw Poll
If this year’s CPAC straw poll is any indication, things might get very interesting in the run-up to the 2012 Republican primaries:
Ron Paul has ended Mitt Romney’s three-year run as conservatives’ favorite for president, taking 31 percent of the vote in the Conservative Political Action Conference’s annual straw poll. Paul, a Republican congressman from Texas known for his libertarian views, ran for president in 2008 but was never a serious contender for the GOP nomination.
Romney, former Massachusetts governor and also a 2008 GOP candidate, has won the last three presidential straw polls at the annual conference. This year, he came in second, with 22 percent. Sarah Palin, who didn’t attend the conference, was a distant third in the straw poll, with 7 percent, followed by Tim Pawlenty, the Minnesota governor, and Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana.
Historically, the CPAC poll hasn’t been a solid predictor of which Republican will ultimately take the nomination, but this result must be welcome news for Democrats. What better way to guarantee Obama’s re-election than a Libertarian revolt to divide the GOP?