News has just come in that the Senator from the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Rand Paul has emerged as the winner in the straw polls held at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Sen. Paul has topped the list of candidates expected to run for the 2016 United States Presidential Election. The announcement was made at the CPAC held at National Harbor, Maryland. Paul has won the poll for a third consecutive time getting about 25.7 percent of the votes.
Another candidate scoring very high in the poll was the governor of the State of Wisconsin, Scott Walker. The governor finished second, getting close to 21.4 percent of the votes. Results of the CPAC survey are followed very closely. However, it is considered a small circle of the GOP supporters, as the attendees who vote at CPAC are mostly younger, since students from numerous colleges attend the conference. It must be reported that the GOP presidential nominee in 2012, Mitt Romney, was the winner at CPAC that year.
Another candidate, considered a strong contender for a bid for the White House, is former governor of Florida, Jeb Bush. He finished fifth in the straw poll, behind Paul and Walker, with less than eight percent of the votes. It will be a tough fight between Bush, Paul, and Walker for final nomination for the U.S. presidential elections in 2016.
By Ankur Sinha
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