(WASHINGTON) -- Thousands of conservative activists will converge in Washington, D.C. for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday, hearing speeches from nearly a dozen potential contenders for the GOP presidential nomination.
The three day conference is the biggest conservative gathering of the year -- some 10,000 activists are expected to attend. Former Massachussetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will headline the convention, along with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, South Dakota Sen. John Thune, and Texas Rep. Ron Paul and his son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will not attend CPAC, citing scheduling conflicts.
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