Rand Paul won the CPAC straw poll. This is his third win in a row. Scott Walker finished a close second.
It is not surprising that Paul won because the venue favors candidates supported by the younger college crowd that shows up in large numbers (sometimes bused in depending on the operation) to both politic and party. It is, based on my sense of expectations, surprising that Walker did as well as he did and finished a pretty close second. Walker has been the buzzy candidate recently, but he was reported as having made some blunders during his speech, although what the MSM considers a blunder and what CPAC attendees consider a blunder is likely different.
Word was before the results were announced, and I don’t know how seriously to take this because it could be intentional spin, that it would be a “disappointing” showing for Paul if he didn’t win by a comfortable margin. I also don’t know how much of an apparatus Walker had in place for getting his folks there.