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Rand Paul wins CPAC 2014 straw poll, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson come in second, third

Sen. Rand Paul wins 2014 CPAC straw poll.
Sen. Rand Paul wins 2014 CPAC straw poll.
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On Saturday, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., won the CPAC straw poll for the second year in a row, garnering 31 percent of the vote. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, finished in a distant second with 11 percent, followed by Dr. Ben Carson.

"I am grateful to all the attendees who stood with me," Paul said after the vote. "Together we will fight for what is right. Thank you and onwards to victory."

According to CPAC officials, 25 candidates were on Saturday's ballot, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who garnered nine percent of the vote, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who captured seven percent.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., were also on the ballot.

Paul Ryan and Rick Perry both received three percent, while Bobby Jindal, Condoleezza Rice, Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin each received two percent of the vote.

Roughly 2,000 people participated in the straw poll, Fox News said.

On Friday, Paul wowed the crowd with a speech highlighting liberty while quoting lyrics from Pink Floyd.

Using lyrics from "Wish you were here," Paul said exchanging liberty for security was like exchanging “a walk-on part in the war for a lead role in a cage.”

Although he quoted from other historic figures like abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, Twitchy said the Pink Floyd reference was a hit with CPAC attendees.

"I love that Rand Paul quoted Pink Floyd song lyrics in this speech," one person said on Twitter.

"Rand Paul quoting Pink Floyd and pretty much winning my undying respect," added The Blaze's Becket Adams.

"How long before Pink Floyd issues a cease & desist to Rand Paul and/or anyone at CPAC using their music?" another person asked.

The Washington Times said the poll shows a "growing discontent" with the Republican establishment.

According to the Times, 51 percent said they disapprove of the job Republicans are doing on Capitol Hill, a marked difference from last year, when congressional Republicans had a 54 percent approval rating.

That, the Times added, could be why Ryan's support was cut in half from last year.



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