Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won a presidential straw poll of conservative Republicans meeting Saturday in Washington, D.C.
Romney was chosen to be the GOP presidential nominee by 38 percent of the 3,408 respondents at the Conservative Political Action Conference's annual meeting. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum came in second with 31 percent. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich grabbed 15 percent, and Texas Rep. Ron Paul picked up 12 percent.
Ron Paul won the straw poll in the previous two years, but according to The Associated Press he didn't attend the D.C. conference so he could campaign in Maine.
CPAC, as it's known, has no official role in the GOP presidential nominating process.