Peter Beinart on why the front-runner should pass on his party's first primary, not just August's straw poll.
Well, Senator Rand Paul last weekend won the straw poll at CPAC, so I guess that means he is now the 2016 front-runner.
But a criminal trial is not a straw poll where jurors simply voice who they favor.
an unofficial accounting taken of opinion on an issue or candidate; also called straw vote
from straw 'not having real authority' or 'insignificant thing'
Originally, a small, informal opinion survey. Today, a straw poll is generally a large-scale, scientifically determined public opinion survey based on a random sample of the population. Straw polls are commonly used to test public opinion of candidates running for office.