Libertarian lawmaker Ron Paul (R-Texas) won the Presidential straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) for the second straight year.
Paul, who is popular among young voters, gained considerable notoriety during his Presidential bid in 2008, which ultimately fell short. Although many pundits doubt that he can win a general election in 2012, Paul emerged as potential favorite at the recent CPAC in Washington, D.C. He won 30 percent of the vote, while former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney notched 23 percent.
According to The Christian Science Monitor, approximately 51 percent of the voters were 25 years old and under, while 72 percent were no older than 40. Furthermore, about 43 percent of voters said that they "wished the GOP had a better field of potential candidates."
During his address at CPAC on Feb. 10, real estate tycoon Donald Trump, who is considering a bid for President, said that while he likes Paul as a person, the 75-year-old has "zero chance of getting elected." In response, Paul admitted that it would be very difficult to win the Republican nomination, although he thinks a "new generation" of voters would support him over Obama, whom he called a "warmonger."
“If you look at the polls — there aren't that many — my appeal is to a lot of independents and a lot of progressive Democrats who are sick and tired of Obama for opting out of cutting back on some of his militarism,” Paul said, quoted by Politico.com.