Rand PaulRand PaulTrump, GOP fumble chance to govern GOP senators pitch alternatives after House pulls ObamaCare repeal bill Rand Paul takes victory lap on GOP health bill MORE leads the pack of other potential GOP candidates in the 2016 race for president, according to the Mackinac straw poll conducted in Michigan over the weekend.
It’s the second presidential straw poll Paul has won this year.
Out of 526 people, 188 voted for Paul, giving him 36 percent of the vote. Gongwer News Service and Decider Strategies conducted the unofficial poll at the Mackinac conference over the weekend.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, another party favorite with high approval ratings, came in second place, winning 16 percent of the vote.
Former Gov. Jeb Bush (Fla.), Gov. Scott Walker (Wis.) and Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzHow 'Big Pharma' stifles pharmaceutical innovation AIPAC must reach out to President Trump Under pressure, Dems hold back Gorsuch support MORE (Texas) trailed behind Paul and Christie.
Former Gov. Mitt Romney (Mass.) won the Mackinac straw poll for the presidential race in both 2007 and 2011.
Paul, a freshman senator who’s been endorsed by the Tea Party, also came in first place in another straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference in March.
He has not said yet whether he will seek the GOP nomination for president in 2016, but for now, will again be on the ballot that year for senate. Paul announced his reelection campaign in May.
Analysts view Iowa’s Ames Straw Poll as the first presidential straw poll as a strong indicator of voters’ preferences. It’s conducted just a few months before primary season kicks off in the Hawkeye State.
Other GOP members who received at least one vote in the Michigan straw poll included: Gov. Nikki
Haley (S.C.), Gov. Bobby Jindal (La.), Gov. John Kasich (Ohio), Gov.
Susanna Martinez (N.M.), former Gov. Sarah Palin (Alaska), Gov. Mike
Pence (Ind.), Gov. Rick Perry (Texas), Sen. Robert Portman (Ohio), Sen.
Marco RubioMarco RubioSenators introduce new Iran sanctions Senate intel panel has not seen Nunes surveillance documents: lawmakers With no emerging leaders, no clear message, Democrats flounder MORE (Fla.), Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanCotton: House 'moved a bit too fast' on healthcare Budget chief: 'Powers that be in Washington' won healthcare fight Schumer: Dems 'willing' to work with GOP if they stop 'undermining' ObamaCare MORE (Wis.), former Sen. Rick Santorum
(Pa.), Sen. Tim ScottTim ScottA better economic policy Republicans rebuke King for racial remarks Conway on criticism: 'I'm not there to read about myself' MORE (S.C.), Sen. John ThuneJohn ThuneLawmakers want infrastructure funded by offshore tax reform Senate GOP hedges on ObamaCare repeal timeline Week ahead: Robocall crackdown tops FCC meeting agenda MORE (S.D.), Gov. Rick Snyder (Mich.),
former Rep. Ron Paul (Texas), Rep. Michele BachmannMichele Bachmann'Real Housewives' producer 'begging' Conway to join cast Ex-rep admires furs amid PETA inaugural gala Why Republicans took aim at an ethics watchdog MORE (Minn.) and former
Rep. Allen West (Fla.).