Ron Paul Is CPAC Audience's Choice for President in 2012

Of the 2,395 people who voted in the CPAC 2012 presidential straw poll this weekend, 31 percent want Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) to take over President Obama’s job after the next presidential election.

Following Paul were former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney with 22 percent and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin with 7 percent.  Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty finished fourth with 6 percent.

The only two names on the straw poll currently serving in Congress were Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), who had 5 percent and 2 percent, respectively.  Between Pence and Thune were former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee.  The full straw poll results are available at the link.

Last year, Romney won the straw poll with 22 percent, while Paul and Palin tied for third with 13 percent.  Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal placed second in that poll, which had 1,757 votes cast.