Following in his dad’s footsteps, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) won the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll today garnering 25 percent of the vote.
Former Texas Congressman Ron Paul won the CPAC straw poll in 2010 and 2011.
The younger Paul edged out the win over Florida Senator Marco Rubio who received 23 percent of the vote.
Paul’s victory comes on the heels of his 13-hour filibuster of CIA head John Brennan earlier this month, which raised his national profile.
Former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) took 8 percent, while New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who was not invited to CPAC, took 7 percent.
Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee, who was supported by 6% of the nearly 3,000 CPAC voters.
Last year, Mitt Romney came out on top in the CPAC poll, foreshadowing his eventual nomination as Republican presidential candidate.
Since 1976, only Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush have won the CPAC straw poll and gone on to win the White House.
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