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ACU Announces Results of The Washington Times CPAC Chicago Straw Poll


June 7, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today’s regional Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Chicago concluded with U.S. Senator Marco Rubio winning the CPAC Straw Poll. The Straw Poll was sponsored by The Washington Times and conducted by Fabrizio, McLaughlin & Associates.

Today’s Midwest CPAC was a high-energy day bracketed by dynamic remarks by top regional and national conservative leaders, including U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, KS Gov. Sam Brownback, Herman Cain, NJ Gov. Chris Christie, LA Gov. Bobby Jindal, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, OH Gov. John Kasich, IN State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, and former Sen. Rick Santorum.

In first place, Sen. Rubio secured 30 percent of the vote by registered CPAC attendees, followed by Gov. Chris Christie at 14 percent.  Representative Paul Ryan received 9 percent of the vote, closely followed by Sen. Rand Paul with 8 percent and Gov. Bobby Jindal with 7 percent.

“We convened thousands of energized conservatives today at CPAC Chicago from across the Midwest and over 20 states,” said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas. “It’s been a long-standing and fun tradition at CPAC National as well as our regional CPACs to poll the attendees and get their opinion on a number of important issues.”

“The Washington Times is pleased to continue to partner with ACU and sponsor today’s Straw Poll,” said Tom Culligan, Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer of The Washington Times. “CPACs are a great way to determine how Conservatives perceive key issues and preferred candidates.”

Every year, the ACU brings thousands of grassroots conservatives and conservative leaders together in Washington, D.C., and now in regional conferences comprising blockbuster speeches, policy discussions and networking opportunities – all celebrating the shared principles of smaller government, a strong national defense and traditional values.  The next regional CPAC will be in Denver, Colorado, on October 4, 2012 and the 40th Annual National CPAC will be held in Washington, D.C. March 14-16, 2013.

To view the final results of the poll, click here.

The American Conservative Union is America’s oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization and was founded in 1964. The ACU has hosted CPAC in the Nation’s Capital since 1974.  To learn more about the Conservative Political Action Conferences, please visit conservative.org/.

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