Ron Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com February 12 2011 7:25 PM ET

Texas Rep. Ron Paul is the candidate attendees at CPAC would most like to see run for president in 2012, according to the results of the Washington Times straw poll.

Paul received 30 percent of the vote, with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney coming in second with 23 percent. Fifty-six percent of those surveyed said they were happy with the field of potential candidates, while 43 percent said they wished the GOP had a better list of potential candidates.

Results from the straw poll taken at the conservative political conference are below.

Texas Rep. Ron Paul: 30 percent
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: 23 percent
Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson: 6 percent
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: 6 percent
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich: 5 percent
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty: 4 percent
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann: 4 percent
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels: 4 percent
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin: 3 percent
Former talk show host Herman Cain: 2 percent
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee: 2 percent
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum: 2 percent
South Dakota Sen. John Thune: 2 percent
U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman: 1 percent
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour: 1 percent
Others: 5 percent
Undecided: 1 percent