When Reagan was a presidential nominee he was considered the most conservative in the field. But measured against other politicians today, he’s not the farthest right.
One caveat to this data: When Reagan ran for president in 1980 and 1984, political giving was much different from it is today. There weren’t super PACs or just the sheer volume of money in campaigns. So there’s simply more data to analyze for politicians today.
Still, the above graph is a fun way to illustrate where Reagan would fall along the political spectrum among today’s presidential candidates.
If CPAC goers are looking for a Reagan replica their best bet might be to listen closely to Gov. Scott Walker (Wis.), former governor Rick Perry (Tex.), Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.), and, at least by this analysis, Dr. Ben Carson.