Are CPAC organizers trying to prevent another Ron Paul straw poll victory?

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Are CPAC organizers trying to prevent another Ron Paul straw poll victory? Jon Ward thinks so. “For the past two years, Paul has won by large margins a straw poll of attendees. The results have been something of an embarrassment for CPAC,” he explains on The Huffington Post. “This year, the American Conservative Union and CPAC are moving from paper ballots to electronic voting that will be accessible from a computer or a handheld device, said Al Cardenas, the conservative union’s current president. He told The Huffington Post that he hopes this will increase the number of attendees who participate in the straw poll… ‘And we’re hoping that instead of having a third of those in attendance vote, we’ll have two-thirds or more vote…In the past, to his credit, about 80, 90, 100 percent of people who were there and liked Ron Paul voted, and probably a very small percentage of those who liked others bothered to vote.'” Paul is not even coming to CPAC this year. His team is making no effort to organize. And Paul World tells Score they could care less about the straw poll. They’re focused on winning in Maine this weekend.

Via Politico’s Morning Score.

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