Rand Paul wins US conservative conference straw poll

US Republican Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky speaks at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference at National Harbor, Maryland, outside Washington, on February 27, 2015US conservatives gathering at their annual conference Saturday chose Republican Senator Rand Paul as their top pick for president, for the third year in a row. Scott Walker came in a strong second place at the Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll, a reflection of the Wisconsin governor’s growing popularity among the party’s most ardent Tea Party conservatives ahead of the 2016 elections. The libertarian-leaning Paul, son of former congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul, led CPAC’s field of 17 hopefuls with 25.7 percent, compared to Walker’s 21.4 percent.

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