Senator Rand Paul topped the ballot on the first day at 29 percent. Senator Ted Cruz was running second at 17 percent.
Rounding out the top five were Ben Carson at 10%, Marco Rubio at 10%, and Chris Christie at 10%.
“The fact that the top votegetters in this year’s CPAC straw poll are young limited government constitutional conservatives bodes well for Republican chances in 2016,” said Viguerie. “The common trait among the top votegetters in our straw poll is that they are all “boat-rockers” of a limited government constitutional conservative bent – the establishment Republicans contenders are all at the bottom of the list.”
“In my view, voters are rejecting the Republican establishment and its brand of Big Government “me-too-ism” in favor of candidates who are authentic representatives of the grassroots conservative base of the Party, and it is that authenticity that put Rand Paul and Ted Cruz at the top of the straw poll.”
Following are the complete first day results of the ConservativeHQ.com CPAC poll:
• Rand Paul (29%)
• Ted Cruz (17%)
• Ben Carson (10%)
• Marco Rubio (10%)
• Chris Christie (10%)
• Scott Walker (7%)
• Paul Ryan (2%)
• Jeb Bush (2%)
• Rick Santorum (2%)
• Mike Pence (1%)
Note: Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal did not receive enough votes to remain on the leader board.
Rand Paul has a natural leg up at CPAC, given that in many ways it is a convention for the libertarian-oriented Young Americans for Freedom and its somewhat more libertarian offshoot, the Young Americans for Liberty – which gave the top spot to his father,
Rand Ron Paul, several times.