Ron Paul certainly was the star of the Conservative Political Action Conference. He delivered a rousing speech, then he won the presidential straw poll for the second straight year. Paul got 30% of the vote, while Mitt Romney finished second with 23%.
No one else even received votes in the double-digits. Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee, two frontrunners in many GOP 2012 polls, did not attend the conference. They finished in the back of the pack along with Newt Gingrich, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.
It is no surprise that Paul was the winner -- his followers are fiercely loyal, and were among the 11,000 conservative leaders and activists who attended the conference in Washington, D.C.
The poll found the top issues for those at the conference were reducing the size of the federal government, reducing government spending and lowering taxes -- all Paul specialties.