A recent survey by The Washington Times/CPAC has placed Sen. Rand Paul (R) of Kentucky at the top spot as the best presidential preference straw for the third year in a row.
The poll was conducted at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
The analysts believe this is largely because of his young libertarian legions, as they had done for his father, former Rep. Ron Paul.
Even thought Rand Paul managed to grab the first position in the presidential straw survey of conservative activists, the bigger news of attraction from the angle of 2016 presidential race are likely the strong showing of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and mediocre result of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
Political analysts believe that the readers are more concerned and interested to know about the performances of both presidential front-runners– Walker and Bush.
In the poll, Walker jumped from 2014’s sixth place to an impressive second position this year. The survey showed he managed to triple his 3,007 votes share spread among 17 candidates to 21.4 percent, which is not far behind 25.7 percent share of Paul. When first and second slot holders’ votes were tallied, the margin was found less than one percentage point.
On the other hand, Bush managed to clutch the fifth position. The top four positions were held by Paul (1), Walker (2), physician Ben Carson (3) and Sen. Ted Cruz (4).
Bush was followed by former Sen. Rick Santorum and Sen. Marco Rubio. Gov. Christie won only under three percent of the vote and Texas ex-governor Rick Perry managed to win just more than one percent.
CPAC has emerged as the ‘voice of the political right’, if go by definition and tradition. It has become a favorite place of almost every presidential hopefuls where they come in order to establish their bonafides and woo support for their candidature.
In 2012, Mitt Romney also approached the forum to shine his electoral prospects.