It’s far too early for straw polls to mean anything (and they seldom mean anything at all), but it’s good blog fodder for a Monday afternoon. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul notched some good coverage out of his win in Michigan:
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul hailed his victory in this weekend’s Michigan GOP presidential straw poll as a win for a younger generation of Republicans, highlighting his cross-generational appeal on issues such as criminal justice and drug reform.
Paul handily won the 2016 straw poll with 36 percent of ballots cast at the biennial Republican conference. The runner-up was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, at 18 percent, followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 8 percent and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at 7 percent each, according to MLive.com.
As I said, you can’t read too much into these results, but it’s worth noting that Michigan tends to actually matter in Republican nominating contests. A decisive win in Michigan helped Mitt Romney fend off a challenge from Rick Santorum. If Paul can win in Rust Belt states, it gives him another path to the nomination outside of appealing to libertarians.