Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky managed to win the presidential straw poll for the second time in a row at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference. California business woman Carl Fiorina came in second after a giving a strong performance at the debate.
Paul emerged the victor after garnering 22% support which was attended by more than 2,200 people. The poll was conducted by the Lansing political newsletter, the Detroit News and MIRS. Paul is the only presidential candidate to have participated and won the 2013 and 2015 debate. With a total of 785 ballots counted, Paul won with a 22% rating while Fiorina came in second with 15%.Jogn Kasich, Ohio Governor was third with a 14% while Texas Senator Ted Cruz came in fourth with 13%.
Jeb Bush, former Florida governor had 9.7%, Senator Marco Rubio had 8.4% while Donald Trump managed 6.8%. Ben Carson registered 5.5% andScott Walker; the Wisconsin Governor managed 2.6%. The remaining candidates managed less than 1% of the votes.
Kasich, Bush, Cruz, Fiorina and Paul were the only candidates who spoke at the conference.
According to John Yob, the Grand Rapids consultant who also serves as Paul’s national political director stated that the Mackinac straw poll has always been a strong indicator of who will win in Michigan.