CPAC Straw Poll Reveals Its Own Irrelevance .. Again

By now, most of you have already heard that Ron Paul has won the CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) Presidential Straw Poll for a second straight year with 30% of the vote.

Ron Paul ran in the 2008 Presidential race but was never much of a contender for the Republican nomination. To top it all off a Public Policy Poll of the top eight prospective candidates has him much closer to the bottom.

Presidential Candidate Poll January 2011
Graphic from CDN, Data from Public Policy Polling 1/21/11

While the Ronulans boisterously supported their favorite candidate at the conference, it is likely that his base was more motivated to participate in the straw poll as Sarah Palin didn’t even attend. With no truly announced candidates in the race, this poll was nothing more than a way to keep Paul’s supporters energized.

Further proof of CPAC’s poll’s worthlessness is seeing Mitt Romney (he who created socialized health care in Massachusettes) come in with a very strong second place finish (23%). Romney had managed to win the CPAC straw poll in 2007, 2008 and 2009 but still didn’t manage the 2008 Republican nomination. That’s 0 for 2 there CPAC pollsters.

Paul and Romney are the last two candidates that have a chance at the Republican nomination .. well, other than Newt Gingrich.

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      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
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