Sen. Rand Paul won the 2013 Washington Times-CPAC presidential preference straw poll Saturday, and Sen. Marco Rubio was a close second, easily outdistancing the rest of the field and signaling the rise of a new generation of conservative leaders who will take the Republican Party into the 2016 election.
Mr. Paul won 25 percent of the vote
Mr. Rubio collected 23 percent
Former Sen. Rick Santorum was third with just 8 percent (Will this guy please just go away)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — who was not invited to speak at the three-day Conservative Political Action Conference — was next with 7 percent
Rep. Paul D. Ryan, the GOP’s vice presidential nominee last year, was fifth with 6 percent.
Ted Cruz came in with 4%, but this poll was taken before his speech
Dr. Carson came in 7th place