Senator Rand Paul wins straw poll in boost to 2016 presidential prospects

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference at National Harbor in MarylandBy Steve Holland NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) – Senator Rand Paul won a straw poll of conservative activists on Saturday, giving his potential bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 a boost, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker came in second in a surprising show of strength. Whether the victory for Paul will have long-lasting benefit is unclear since his libertarian views may not have broad appeal in the Republican Party. Paul, a 52-year-old Kentucky Republican, outdistanced most other potential candidates by taking 25.7 percent of the vote at the Conservative Political Action Conference, a gathering of activists on Washington’s outskirts of Washington.

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