The crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference cheers Sen. Rand Paul on Friday. The Kentucky Republican easily won the straw poll, but Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican and another tea party favorite, could pose a serious challenge. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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The crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference cheers Sen. Rand Paul on Friday. The Kentucky Republican easily won the straw poll, but Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican and another tea party favorite, could pose a serious challenge. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)