Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann shellacked in CPAC poll

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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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