Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, Friday, Feb. 11, 2011.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Texas congressman Ron Paul won the straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference for the second straight year Saturday and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney finished second.

Paul got 30 percent, while Romney got 23 percent of the votes of those attending the conference in Washington.

Others were grouped far behind.

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson had 6 percent along with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich got 5 percent. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels were at 4 percent.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin got 3 percent and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee got 2 percent. Palin and Huckabee are two high-profile Republicans who did not attend, while many potential candidates made speeches at the conference.

Paul is a hero to libertarians and has a fiercely loyal following.

The straw poll was co-sponsored by CPAC and The Washington Times.

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  1. I’ve been thinking about Ron Paul’s chances to win an election. I truly believe he has to cut his ties with the Repubican party. He’ll never get the nomination as long as he’s linked with them. The party apparatchiks along with whomever they report to will never allow it.

    A good running mate on a Independent ticket, maybe a better name would be the “Liberation Party” would be he and Jesse Ventura. Not joking either. Between Ron Paul’s stance on independence and liberty along with Jesse’s no holds barred style of speaking and knowledge base, I think they could mesmerize a nation into finally saying “screw it” concerning the same old dichotomy of either the Republicans or Dems, both opposite sides of the same counterfeit political coin that’s kept in the vest pockets of the shadowy controllers. Maybe they wouldn’t win, but they’d give this nation one hell of a Nantucket sleigh ride during the 2012 voting cycle, then again, just maybe…? : )

    Carl Nemo **==

  2. Can you revel in a moment and then step beyond to the blither and blarney of the next Perot as presented to you by the Sword of Damocles ?
    Don’t hold your breath, Mr Smith, were already on take three.

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