Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) won the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll on Saturday, according to the Washington Times and Associated Press.
Paul, who also won the straw poll last year, gains some early standing before November's midterm elections and the 2016 presidential election.
Coming in second was Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) at a distant 11 percent, followed by neurosurgeon Ben Carson at nine percent. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) finished in fourth with eight percent. The straw poll concludes the three-day high-profile conservative conference, which for the second year in a row was held at National Harbor, Md.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won in 2012, just months before clinching the eventual nomination for president in May. Former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), who also ran for president in 2012, was a back-to-back winner in 2010 and 2011.
Below, a liveblog of the latest updates from CPAC: