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Rand Paul wins CPAC straw poll; Ted Cruz finishes distant second

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Sen. Rand Paul won the Conservative Political Action Conference presidential straw poll, a closely watched gauge of conservative activists’ preference ahead of the next White House campaign.

The Kentucky Republican, in results announced Saturday evening, captured 31 percent of the vote from a pool of 2,459 CPAC attendees that was dominated by younger voters. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, finished a distant second with 11 percent, and outspoken conservative medical doctor Ben Carson came in third with 9 percent. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie finished fourth with 8 percent.

Here’s how some of the rest of the field of more than 20 candidates did:

Former senator and 2012 presidential candidate Rick Santorum: 7 percent

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: 7 percent

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.: 6 percent

Texas governor and 2012 presidential candidate Rick Perry: 3 percent

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who was the 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee: 3 percent

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee: 2 percent

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal: 2 percent

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin: 2 percent

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice: 2 percent

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