This is the second year in a row Ron Paul has won CPAC's straw poll, but will he be the Republican Candidate in 2012?

"I think this poll is really a popularity poll and it probably isn't directly a good measure of fitness for the presidency," Steven Smith, a political science professor at Washington University in St. Louis, told Minnesota Public Radio. "But it's a place where conservatives seek to send a message to the party." 

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