Paul Wins Straw Poll, Romney Second


With the Iowa Caucuses scheduled for this time next year, attention is ramping up among the field of Republicans jockeying for position to be considered a frontrunner in opposition to President Barack Obama.

On Saturday, Texas congressman Ron Paul won a straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney finished second. Both Paul and Romney stumbled through the 2008 presidential primaries, eventually giving way to nominee Sen. John McCain.

Here's how the GOP field fared in Saturday's CPAC straw poll, co-sponsored by The Washington Times.

30 percent - Ron Paul (Texas congressman)
23 percent - Mitt Romney (former Massachusetts governor)
6 perent - Gary Johnson (former New Mexico governor)
6 percent - Chris Christie (New Jersey governor)
5 percent - Newt Gingrich (former House Speaker)
4 percent - Michele Bachmann (Minnesota congresswoman)
4 percent - Mitch Daniels (Indiana governor)
4 percent - Tim Pawlenty (former Minnesota governor)
3 percent - Sarah Palin (former Alaska governor)
2 percent - Mike Huckabee (former Arkansas governor)

Former president George W. Bush won the CPAC straw poll in 2000. Romney narrowly bested John McCain at CPAC in 2008.