Mitt Romney emerged the winner of the Washington Times / CPAC straw poll, and also topped a national poll conducted by the Times earlier this week. In both cases, Rick Santorum finished a strong second.
Romney’s margin of victory at CPAC was actually much greater. The final result was Romney 38, Santorum 31, Gingrich 15, Ron Paul 12. The Washington Times notes that Romney’s vote total was “the highest of any candidate since George W. Bush won 42 percent of the vote in 2000, en route to the nomination and the White House.”
Nationally, it was Romney 27, Santorum 25, Gingrich 20, Paul 8.
By far the favorite choice of CPAC straw poll voters was Florida Senator Marco Rubio, followed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Rubio gave an extremely well-received speech on the first day of CPAC.