Ron Paul won the annual straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Sunday.
According to MSNBC, Paul won with 31% of the vote, and Mitt Romney finished second with 22%. Romney won the poll each of the last three years.
The straw poll is an unofficial indicator of the current political forecast among the conservative activists attending the conference, explained the Washington Post.
Other conservatives though to be contenders for the presidential candidacy did less well; Sarah Palin received 7% of the vote, and Tim Pawlenty received just 6%, reported the Washington Post.
MSNBC believes the reason Paul did so well is because of the makeup of CPAC attendees; the conference caters to the young conservative supporters and activists who as a group favored Paul in the 2008 election.