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Rick rated among CPAC winners

Published by James O'Toole on .

Rick managed only a tie for fifth place in a straw poll of conservative activiists at last week's CPAC gathering outside Washington.  But Politico's James Hohmann rates him as one of the winners among the GOP nominee-wannabees who addressed the group:

"The last man standing against Romney in 2012 is positioning himself to run as the populist alternative to the libertarian Paul and whoever emerges as the establishment favorite.

"With 7 percent, he essentially tied Christie after giving a speech aimed squarely at the New Jersey governor’s electability pitch. Notably, the only other serious contender directly from the social-conservative wing of the party, 2008 contender Mike Huckabee, registered at just 2 percent in the straw poll.''

The straw poll tally: Sen. Rand Paul, 31 percent; Sen. Ted Cruz, 11; Ben Carson, 9; Chris Christie and Mr. Santorum, 7 percent; Sen. Marco Rubio, 6; Rep. Paul Ryan, 3; Gov. Rick Perry, 3' former Gov. Mike Huckabee, 2.

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