Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann shellacked in CPAC poll

Bachmann and Pawlenty get no love at CPAC.
Bachmann and Pawlenty get no love at CPAC.

Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty made a lot of media noise at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.

But down where the rubber meets the road -- the event's presidential straw poll -- both Minnesotans slipped and fell in the ditch.

Pawlenty, openly considering a White House run, made a full-throated pitch to the GOP base in his speech yesterday, trashing the president as a weak-kneed ninny and demanding that the country get right with God. Big deal, the hard core conservatives said. He scored a big 4 percent support.

Bachmann has teased everyone that she might try to graduate from queen of the tea party to president of the free world. She's trekked through Iowa. She freelanced a State of the Union response. She called Obama a socialist and picked up the happy hour tab for the 11,000 conference attendees on opening night. They yawned and threw her 4 percent as well.

The crowd favorite: Texas congressman Ron Paul, who pulled 30 percent -- and he hasn't even said if he's going to try and run in 2012. Mitt Romney came in second, with 23 percent.

Full results:

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

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