With the first 2016 presidential primary voting still about 1,000 days away, the results today are virtually meaningless.
Still, it’s fun to report that Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky won the straw poll at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference.
The balloting took place during the three-day gathering at National Harbor, south of Washington, D.C., along the Potomac River at Oxon Hill, Maryland.
The results were announced just now, near the close of the conference.
Paul won 25 percent of the vote.
Like his father, retired Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, Paul is popular among younger voters (52 percent of the ballots cast came from 18 to 25 years old).
Paul was closely followed in the straw poll by Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who won 23 percent.
The balloting included 2,930 voters from all 50 states.
Those finishing behind Paul and Rubio: former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania (8 percent), New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (7 percent), Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin (6 percent) and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin (5 percent). Christie was not invited to the conference.
There were a total of 23 candidates on the ballot, plus 44 write-ins.