CPAC wrap-p: Christie stumbles, Rand Paul comes out ahead

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The 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) has come to a close and after the dust has settled, the conference has proved to be another stumbling block for New Jersey Governor and Presidential hopeful, Chris Christie, while Rand Paul has finished first in the straw-poll for the third year running.

In the annual conference poll, Christie placed in the back of the pack, polling 2.8%, just ahead of Bobby Jindal and Mike Huckabee.

Christie was hammered by Fox News’ Laura Ingraham in an on-stage interview.

“You’re low in a bunch of polls. How do you overcome that deficit? It’s a pretty big deficit,” said Ingraham.

Going on the offensive, Christie took aim at Jeb Bush.

“If the elites in Washington who make backroom deals decide who the president is going to be, then he’s definitely the front-runner,” Christie said.

The rough-ride he faced at CPAC is only the latest in a series of troubles for Christie that have been chronicled on The Hill Talk, including an article by Mike Rosenthal on what might be his biggest scandal yet.

Rand Paul came-out on top again this year at CPAC, with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker coming in a close second.

A candidates fortunes at CPAC however, are not necessarily a good metric for how they will fair in the presidential race, or even the primaries.

Mitt Romney came in first in the CPAC poll in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012.


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