President Ron Paul

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The Republican political establishment was rocked today when Ron Paul — advocate of the un-Republican policies of free markets, sound money, non-intervention. and civil liberties — won the CPAC straw poll, beating Romney (who had typically spent a bunch to win it), Sarah Palin, and the Eight Dwarfs. The DC corruptionists are already playing down the results, of course, but they are whistling past the neocon graveyard, and how sweet it is.

Ron Paul – 31%
Mitt Romney – 22%
Sarah Palin – 7%
Tim Pawlenty – 6%
Mike Pence – 5%
Newt Gingrich -4%
Mike Huckabee – 4%
Mitch Daniels – 2%
Rick Santorum – 2%
John Thune – 2%
Haley Barbour – 1%

UPDATE Here is Sam Stein of the progressivist HuffPo on the vote. And here is the AP report from WaPo.

5:06 pm on February 20, 2010