Rand Paul is the winner of the CPAC straw poll. As Stephen Dinan and Seth McLaughlin report:
Sen. Rand Paul demolished his competition in the 2014 Washington Times/CPAC presidential preference straw poll on Saturday, winning 31 percent of the vote — nearly three times the total of second-place Sen. Ted Cruz.
The poll also found a strong plurality of attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference believe marijuana should be fully legalized, with 41 percent saying it’s time to change the law and tax it. Another 21 percent said it should be legalized only for medicinal purposes, while just 31 percent said it should remain illegal in all cases.
But according to Chad Pergram, Ted Cruz is the winner of the Senate Conservative Fund straw poll:
Cruz wins Senate Conservative Fund straw poll for prez with 42%. Rand Paul 2nd at 17%. WI Gov Walker 3rd with 10%.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) March 8, 2014
UPDATE: Rand Paul says "onwards to victory!"
— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) March 8, 2014