Rand Paul wins PLC Presidential Straw PollSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Mon, 04/22/2013 - 14:04
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has emerged as a favorite among Pennsylvania’s conservative activists. By a wide margin, he won the presidential straw poll at this weekend’s Pa. Leadership Conference.
Paul rose to national prominence earlier this year when he filibustered on the Senate floor to protest the Obama administration’s vague definition of its own powers vis-a-vis drone strikes.
In so doing he took up the mantle of his father, former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), whose brand of libertarian Republicanism energized conservative grassroots for years.
Many observers expect Paul to make a run at the GOP presidential nomination in 2016.
This year’s PLC was the 24th annual gathering of movement conservatives from across Pa.
Paul took 39% of the votes. Florida Senator Marco Rubio came in second with 18%.