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George Allen Wins CPAC Straw Poll

I just heard from the marvelous Stacie Rumenap (who makes CPAC run) that Sen. George Allen (R.-Va.) won this year’s CPAC straw poll. I don’t have the complete results at this point, but as soon as I get them, I will post.

Here are some details:

  • Allen received 22% of the vote, topping his Republican colleague, Sen. John McCain, who had 20%. Others finished in the single digits.
  • As for Democrats, an overwhelming 62% picked Sen. Hillary Clinton (D.-N.Y.) as the most likely contender.
  • Other news from the poll: Respondents were unhappy with government spending, but approve of President Bush’s handling of the war.

Allen finished tied for third last year with 11%. Here are the results from last year’s CPAC straw poll (courtesy of Patrick Ruffini’s post from a year ago):

19% Giuliani
18% Rice
11% Allen, Frist, McCain
4% Owens, Romney, Santorum
5% Gingrich
2% Pataki
1% Hagel, Huckabee, Pawlenty, Santorum
0% Barbour

And on the topic of ’08 polls, Allen is currently in second place in the HUMAN EVENTS presidential poll for 2008 with 20.5%. (Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice leads the way with 34.1%.)

If you haven’t already voted in that poll, you can do so now by clicking here.

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Mr. Bluey, a contributing editor to Human Events, is director of the Center for Media & Public Policy at The Heritage Foundation. He maintains a blog at RobertBluey.com.

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