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GOP watch: Wrapping up CPAC

Msnbc.com’s Carrie Dann lists the results of the CPAC presidential-preference straw poll: (Here's her write up.)

Ron Paul – 30%
Mitt Romney - 23%
Gary Johnson – 6%
Chris Christie – 6%
Newt Gingrich – 5%
Michele Bachmann – 4%
Tim Pawlenty – 4%
Mitch Daniels – 4%
Sarah Palin – 3%
Mike Huckabee – 2%
Herman Cain – 2%
Rick Santorum – 2%
John Thune – 2%
Jon Huntsman – 1%
Haley Barbour – 1%
Other – 5%
Undecided – 1%

DANIELS: The Washington Post’s Cillizza names Mitch Daniels one of the “winners” of CPAC: “The Indiana governor's sobering speech about the danger of the country's growing debt was a sharp contrast to the red-meat heavy addresses of his potential rivals for the 2012 nomination. While the speech was received politely in the hall, it was met with effusive praise by the party's smart set, the national media, and, interestingly, the Drudge Report.”

PAUL: "Representative Ron Paul of Texas won the [CPAC straw] poll for the second year in a row, and Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, took second place. The results reflected the challenges that lie ahead for Republicans as they weigh arguments of electability and ideology and try to unite the party," the New York Times writes. 

The Washington Post notes that Paul won with less than a third of the vote – “a result that suggested the energy of conservative activists at the gathering has not coalesced behind a single candidate.”

ROMNEY: “Conservative pundit Ann Coulter warned activists Saturday that if the party nominates former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in 2012, President Obama will win reelection,” The Hill reports. After initial hesitation, she endorsed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.“ “If you don't run Chris Christie, Romney will be the nominee and we'll lose,” she said.

“Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney provided some red meat to the conservative crowd on Friday, slamming President Obama’s economic initiatives, saying they have resulted in the millions of lost jobs,” The State Column writes of Romney’s CPAC speech.

SANTORUM: Cillizza calls former Sen. Rick Santorum one of CPAC’s losers, more due to circumstance rather than substance: “For those who watched his speech, Santorum did just fine. But, the room was less than two-thirds full during Santorum's remarks - an attendance issue that highlighted his potential difficulties in breaking through in the crowded field.”

THUNE: “Sen. John Thune received minimal support in a straw poll this weekend of who conservative activists prefer for president,” the Rapid City Journal writes. “The Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll gave Thune support of 2 percent of attendees.”