Online Gambling Advocate Ron Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll Again

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Aaron Goldstein
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Ron Paul CPAC Straw Poll 2011

Republican Texas Representative Ron Paul has won the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) straw poll once again.  This is the second straight year the 75-year-old has won.  He received 30 percent of the vote.

Paul has long supported the right for those living in the US to gambling online and has co-sponsored a bill with Democrat Barney Frank.  While not a gambling advocate per se, Paul believes the Government should not prohibit the activity.

Congressman Paul told Gambling911.com’s own Jenny Woo: “Mine is a philosophic position but I think it's a sound position.  I think it's something that you can defend as being a strict constitutionalist and I just don't see government being the moralist deciding how we spend our time whether is good or bad. 

“I have a strong belief that the individual gets to make that choice so the fact that I don't gamble doesn't really influence me in my positions on this issue.”

Ron Paul was currently getting just over 1 percent of the betting action to be named the Republican nominee at intrade.com.  Mitt Romney was the current favorite getting just over 23 percent of the betting volume. 

The full results of CPAC 2011 winners appear here:

Texas Rep. Ron Paul: 30 percent

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: 23 percent

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson: 6 percent

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: 6 percent

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich: 5 percent

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty: 4 percent

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann: 4 percent

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels: 4 percent

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin: 3 percent

Former talk show host Herman Cain: 2 percent

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee: 2 percent

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum: 2 percent

South Dakota Sen. John Thune: 2 percent

U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman: 1 percent

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour: 1 percent

Others: 5 percent

Undecided: 1 percent

- Aaron Goldstein, Gambling911.com

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