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CPAC picks Rand Paul for president

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Friday, March 7, 2014. Friday marks the second day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which brings together prospective presidential candidates, conservative opinion leaders and tea party activists from coast to coast. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) AP Photo/Susan Walsh

For the second year in a row, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) came out on top of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll.

Attendees at the event, held at the Gaylord hotel in National Harbor, Md., picked Paul with 31 percent of the vote, nearly three times the votes that went to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who came in second.

Also notable: 62 percent of attendees said marijuana should be legalized for either medical or recreational purposes.

The poll is commissioned by the Washington Times.

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