Christie Polls Fourth at Conservative Gathering

Gathered just 8 percent of the vote.

The Star-Ledger reports that Chris Christie gathered just 8 percent of the vote—good for fourth place—in a presidential straw poll over the weekend at CPAC, the largest annual gathering of conservative activists. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Ben Carson each placed ahead of Christie. (Though it may say something about the peculiar makeup of CPAC activists that Carson—whom you’ve probably never heard of) beat Christie. Rick Santorum was right behind with 7 percent of the vote.

It may not make much difference: While Mitt Romney has won the CPAC poll a number of times before his 2012 nomination, the only other candidate to win in recent years has been Ron Paul. CPAC’s activists are influential, but they don’t determine everything.