Conservatives voted Rand Paul as their preferred presidential nominee for 2016 at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). According to a March 16 report from Reuters, Rand Paul narrowly beat out several other Conservative Republicans.
Rand Paul won 25 percent of the vote. Marco Rubio, the senator from Florida, had only two percent less than Rand Paul. Rick Santorum came in third and Chris Christie, was fourth.
Conservative Republicans seem to flock to Rand Paul after his recent filibuster. Rand Paul spent about 13 hours objecting to Barack Obama's use of military drones.
“I never thought that much of Rand Paul,” Ray Fischer, a Conservative Republican from Oklahoma City, said. “He was just Ron Paul's son. Then I heard his speech about Obama and drones. I really like him now.”
Chris Christie, a former favorite of Conservative Republicans, wasn't even invited to CPAC. Bob McDonnell, the governor from Virginia, was
also not invited. Despite not being invited to CPAC, both Chris Christie and Bob McDonnell were on the ballot along with 21 other names.
Jeb Bush, brother to former George W. Bush and the son of former president George H.W. Bush, asked that his name be removed from the ballot. Jeb Bush did speak at CPAC.
Despite being called a “wacko bird” by John McCain, Rand Paul did very well at CPAC. It appears that the Conservative Republicans have rallied around Rand Paul and looking forward to the 2016 presidential election.