CPAC 2012: Live Updates From The Conservative Political Action Conference

Presidential Candidates, Conservative Leaders Hit Washington

The 2012 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) begins on Thursday in the nation's capital.

Candidates competing for the Republican presidential nomination are delivering speeches at the annual event. Big conservative names like U.S. Sens. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) are also taking part in the conservative gathering.

Sarah Palin will deliver the keynote address at CPAC on Saturday night. The results of the event's straw poll will be announced the same evening.

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul placed first in the straw poll the past two years. He will not attend CPAC this year.

Check out the live blog below for the latest developments at CPAC.

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