In breaking news, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul just won the CPAC straw poll, which indicates that he is one of the front candidates for the 2016 presidential bid on the Republican side and it has the establishment in a tizzy.
The Hill reports,
In one of CPAC 2013′s best-received speeches, Paul on Thursday told conservative activists the Republican Party had grown “stale and moss covered” and said the GOP needs a more libertarian approach that makes freedom the movement’s defining principle.
The poll, conducted over the course of CPAC, included 2,930 participants and skewed heavily towards young attendees, with respondents between 18 and 25 years of age making up more than half of the vote.
Young voters helped propel Paul’s father, former GOP presidential contender Ron Paul (R-Texas), to national prominence, and make up a core of the libertarian party for which the younger Paul now carries the torch.
“It sounds like this thing is off and running for 2016,” said Al Cardenas, head of the American Conservative Union, as he introduced the results.
Paul was the favorite of attendees getting 25% of the vote, just ahead of Marco Rubio with 23%, who is ineligible for the presidency anyway due to not being a natural born citizen. Senator Ted Cruz ranked seventh with 4%.
In CPAC’s 40 year history, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush are the only presidents who won its straw poll.