|March 1-3 2007--American Conservative Union Chairman David
over the 34th Conservative Political Action Conference, the biggest
with more than 6,300 people registered, about half of them
Attendees heard from a range of conservative luminaries including nine
declared, exploratory and potential presidential candidates: Sen. Sam
(KS), former Gov. Jim Gilmore (VA), former Gov. Mike Huckabee (AR),
Duncan Hunter (CA), former Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Mayor Rudy
(NY), former Gov. Mitt Romney (MA), Rep. Tom Tancredo (CO), and
John Cox. Sens. John McCain (AZ), Rep. Ron Paul (TX) and former
Tommy Thompson (WI) did not appear. A record 1,705 registrants
49 states and DC participated in the much watched Straw Poll.
were: Romney 21%, Giuliani 17%, Brownback 15%, Gingrich 14%, McCain 12%
and others 5% or less each.