Ron Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll
Mitt Romney came in second with 23 percent of the vote.
If these numbers seem familiar, that's because they were nearly identical to the 2010 results where Paul took a whopping 31 percent of the vote and Romney 22 percent.
Admittedly, though, Paul's 2011 CPAC win doesn't bring him any closer to getting the 2012 Republican nod for president.
Politico explains why:
The 75-year-old congressman may run for president again, but his prospects for winning the GOP nomination are nil. Yet because he has an intense following among antiwar youths, and has supporters who are willing to organize his effort, the libertarian-leaning Paul dominates the balloting and renders the survey as largely irrelevant.
Many die-hard Paul supporters showed up to CPAC, but he is not believed to have a wide GOP following.
“It’s just like a poll. When you’re doing a poll, you look if you oversample one group or another and then you make a calculation,” said Saul Anuzis, the former Michigan state GOP chairman. “It’s very hard to calculate in a situation like this because it’s not scientific at all.”
Check out the full results from Talking Points Memo here.