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CPAC Straw Poll Results 2013: Rand Paul Wins Conservative Vote

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) won the Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll on Saturday, marking an early indicator of conservative support ahead of the next presidential election in 2016.

Paul topped the list and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) came in second, according to Ian Bishop.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) came in third place this year, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie -- who was notably not invited to this year's conference -- coming in fourth.

Paul received 25 percent of the vote, with Rubio in a close second with 23 percent. Santorum received eight percent, and Christie took seven percent of the vote.

The Hill's Alexandra Jaffe reports 2,930 registrants participated in the straw poll this year.

The annual straw poll came at the conclusion of the high-profile conference, which featured dozens of notable conservative speakers over three days at National Harbor near Washington, D.C.

Last year, Mitt Romney came out on top in the CPAC poll, foreshadowing his eventual nomination as Republican presidential candidate.

Former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), a Libertarian favorite, took home the title in 2010 and 2011.

Below, a liveblog of the latest updates from CPAC:

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) came out on top of this year's CPAC straw poll. Click here to read more.

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Orly Taitz, commonly known as the "Birther Queen," was rebuked by blogger Pamela Geller during a Saturday panel on Islam and national security at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference.

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HuffPost's Jason Linkins reports:

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took the stage Saturday at CPAC, praising the assemblage for its support during the fraught Wisconsin recall fight, which Walker won, allowing him to stay in power. His speech was themed around the idea that the states are the laboratories of policy -- "Real reform does not happen in Washington, it happens in the statehouses throughout this country," he said -- and that he, in particular, was leading the way to end "government dependency."

If future GOP presidential runs depend on silver-tongues articulation of dorm-room "makers vs. takers" arguments, then Walker's future is pretty bright.

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@ elisefoley : RT @EvanMcSan: Steve King calls them "undocumented Democrats" #Immigration #CPAC2013

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@ achorowitz : Phyllis Schlafly just asked if we would please follow her on Twitter. What.

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@ Bencjacobs : Phyllis Schafly says immigrants will all vote Democratic, I don't think Marco Rubio agrees #cpac

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@ jmartpolitico : Phyllis Schlafly: "comprehensive is a synonym for amnesty"

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@ elisefoley : Palin exits to Shania Twain's "She's Not Just a Pretty Face." Sample lyric: "She's a geologist--a romance novelist"

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@ elisefoley : Palin's referenced Big Gulps, guns annnnnnd, of course, White Hours tours, literally world's most important topic.

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@ politicoroger : Palin: White House "has power to use drones without accountability, but not enough to open WH to kids for spring break."#cpac2013

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@ politicoroger : Palin: "These experts keep making millions by losing elections." #cpac2013

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@ politicoroger : Palin: "If you don't have a lobbyist in DC, you are not at the table, you are on the menu."

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@ jonward11 : "It's time to stop preaching to the choir," Palin tells choir.

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@ HotlineJosh : RT @AaronBlakeWP: Palin pauses her speech to take a sip from a Big Gulp. Crowd goes wild. "Bloomberg's not around. Don't worry." #CPAC

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@ joshgreenman : (Wouldn't have been banned.) MT @elisefoley: Palin drinking a Big Gulp on stage at CPAC. http://t.co/y2FlBCXKyk

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@ achorowitz : "You gotta be thinking Sam Adams, not drinking Sam Adams." -Palin to college Republicans, adding "it was a joke."

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@ lgabriellel : "He's got the rifle, I've got the rack." --Sarah Palin on Christmas gifts she and her husband bought each other. #CPAC2013

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@ elisefoley : Palin says Obama should "step away from the teleprompter and do [his] job." Is she using one?

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@ AaronBlakeWP : Palin: “Barack Obama promised the most transparent administration ever. Barack Obama: You lie.” #CPAC

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@ mpoindc : After nodding to Obama's win in '12, Palin: "He's considered a good politician — which is like saying Bernie Madoff was a good salesman."

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@ achorowitz : "Came in second... out of 2!" -Palin, on 2012

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@ AaronBlakeWP : Palin: "More background checks? Dandy idea Mr. President. Shoulda started with yours.” #CPAC

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@ AaronBlakeWP : Palin on Cruz: “He chews barbed wire, he spits out rust.” #CPAC

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@ AaronBlakeWP : Ted Cruz: "I would not be in the United States Senate today if it were not for Gov. Palin." #CPAC

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@ jonward11 : Cruz says Palin "drives the mainstream media bat crap crazy."

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@ jonward11 : "The mainstream media wants us to shut up ... to accept defeat ... to be timid and hide in the corner." - Ted Cruz

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@ achorowitz : "I am not remotely cool enough to be Sarah Palin" -Ted Cruz

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@ jonward11 : despite his efforts, this crowd still seems a little skeptical of Artur

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@ jonward11 : in first #CPAC speech, Artur Davis tries to win over activists who might be skeptical of him, & sets up critique of party, by bashing media

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@ ariannahuff : Jeb Bush at #cpac2013: "If you're fortunate enough to count yourself among the privileged, the rest of the nation is drowning."

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@ sanuzis : Huge line for Dr. Carson's book signing at #cpac2013 http://t.co/ipFcQ3OoBh

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@ CraigCaplan : .@SenTedCruz served as introductory speaker at #CPAC 2011. Tonight he's #CPAC2013 last keynote speaker of the day. http://t.co/Z3paWaRWgv

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@ LOLGOP : The thesis statement of every speech at #CPAC2013: Read my book.

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@ daveweigel : Betting on a Ben Carson/Tim Scott 2016 GOP ticket

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@ samsteinhp : Dr Carson is a grt, thought provoking speaker but i don't get this line: "Nobody's starving on the streets, we've always taken care of them"

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@ daveweigel : RT @igorvolsky: Wow, Fox News is carrying Dr. Ben Carson's speech live. Newt or Bachmann didn't even get this kind of treatment...

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@ daveweigel : Carson: "Many people don't know this, but socialism started as a reaction to America." It did?

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@ achorowitz : Bachmann argues for more funding for cancer, Alzheimer's research. Great, but, the Ryan budget cut funding for medical research.

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@ UrquhartMP : Speaker says the "2nd amendment is under siege. Especially in our schools." #CPAC2013

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@ CPACnews : @RealBenCarson up next at #CPAC2013

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@ RightWingWatch : According to Bachmann at #CPAC2013, conservatism is "the movement of love, the movement of care."

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@ vdare : Bachmann's speech is surprisingly unfocused. Jumping from one issue to another. It's like a campaign speech. #CPAC

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@ daveweigel : Bachmann spending a lot of time hitting WH for wasteful spending on personnel. Okay, then. http://t.co/isCrAMPbFf

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@ AaronBlakeWP : Bachmann on two full-time projectionists in White House: “I don’t mean to be petty here, but can’t they just push the play button.” #CPAC

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@ ACUConservative : @TeamBachmann on what Obama should say to UN: "The future does not belong to the low-life murderers who kill innocent Americans." #CPAC2013

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@ KatrinaTrinko : Bachmann slamming Obama for going to Vegas after Benghazi consulate attack to meet with Jay-Z and Beyonce #cpac2013

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