Sen Rand Paul narrowly wins US conservative poll
Oxon Hill: Conservative activists have given Kentucky Senator Rand Paul a narrow victory in a presidential preference poll. Paul`s victory in the unscientific yet symbolic straw poll yesterday capped this week`s Conservative Political Action Conference. Paul won with 25 percent of the vote, just ahead of Florida Senator Marco Rubio with 23 percent.
Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum was third with 8 percent. The victory offers little more than bragging rights for Paul, who is popular with the younger generation of libertarian-minded conservatives who packed the conference in suburban Washington.
Nearly 3,000 people participated in the online poll and more than half were younger than 26.
Paul`s father, former Texas congressman Ron Paul, won the straw poll in 2010 and 2011.
Paul has said he`s "seriously considering" a presidential run.
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