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Larry Beasley, from left, president and CEO of The Washington Times, Tony Fabrizio, of the Fabrizio-McLaughlin polling firm, and Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union, take the stage to announce the results of the Washington Times/CPAC 2013 straw poll during the final day of the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference in Fort Washington, Md. on March 16, 2013. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was the winner, narrowly edging out the close second place Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). (T.J. Kirkpatrick/Special to The Washington Times)

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