EDISON - Gov. Chris Christie took fourth place in a presidential straw poll taken at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland.

The annual conference serves as an early test for Republicans considering a 2016 presidential run.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is the front runner followed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

Ben Carson, a pediatric surgeon at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, was third. 


Rank Candidate Percent
1 Sen. Rand Paul 31%
2 Sen. Ted Cruz 11%
3 Ben Carson 9%
4 Gov. Chris Christie 8%