Created: Sat, 08 Mar 2014 04:14:22 EST
Updated: Sat, 08 Mar 2014 04:14:22 EST
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The nation's largest annual gathering of conservative activists comes to a finish Saturday but not before a final group of Republican all-stars takes the stage.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin headline the third and final day of the Conservative Political Action Conference, which brings thousands of activists, opinion leaders and Republican officials to suburban Washington.
Other Saturday participants include Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus), former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint and a host of up-and-coming conservatives from across the country.
Saturday also features the results of the conference's annual presidential preference straw poll. The gathering is an early audition of sorts for most of the GOP's prospective 2016 presidential field.