Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) easily swept a straw poll of 2016 GOP contenders at the Maine GOP convention this weekend, securing nearly a hundred votes more than the next best potential presidential candidate.
Paul topped the field with 176 votes out of 690 cast, with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) finishing second with 98 votes. Wisconsin GOP Gov. Scott Walker rounded out the top three vote-getters in the straw poll with 70 votes, while Dr. Ben Carson placed fourth with 62 votes.
Establishment Republicans like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) couldn’t even break the top four in the Maine GOP straw poll. Christie placed fifth with 60 votes, Bush sixth with 57 votes, and Ryan seventh with 37. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) all received fewer than 30 votes.
Keep in mind that these are the activists, the wonks, the political junkies who actually know what is going on and have strong and continuing political opinions. Also keep in mind that these are exactly the sort of people who determine primary victors.
It’s obvous that the Gentry GOP is in bad odor with these folks. All four of the top finishers could be considered “Tea Party” conservatives, though I don’t know how much longer Paul will be able to make that claim, if he continues to back away from repealing Obamacare and continues to push scamnesty.
As I’ve already said, I choose Cruz. Walker would make a good Veep. I like Dr. Carson, but America is not going to put a black man in the White House again any time soon, and I don’t care which party he represents.
I do hope this Maine conclave sent a shiver of terror through the stunted spines of the Gentry. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of CREEPS.
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