How was Ann received by the CPACers when she was on the stage?
Pretty much the same as every year at CPAC... she was and still is a Rock Star. The room was pretty much densely packed as when Sarah Palin spoke on Saturday. And that Marriott ballroom is massive - biggest venue I've ever seen.
When Ann mentioned her "fondness" for Romney, there was some grumbling in segments of the audience, but overall the crowd absolutely loved her.
Just my observations after attending the entire conference for the full 3 days (and part of Wednesday night): The crowd seemed to be pretty evenly split 30-30-30 between Romney, Gingrich and Santorum supporters. 10% Ron Paul supporters.
Also... My husband and I and our friends did take part in this year's straw poll at CPAC. FReepers aren't going to like hearing this (yes, I know Romney won - we didn't vote for him), but this was the first of our 10 consecutive years attending CPAC where we felt that the straw poll was (finally) conducted in a scientific, legit manner - as far as we could tell anyway - so the results are most likely correct.
We were each given a special PIN number so we could only vote once - no stuffing of ballot boxes with stupid paper ballots for the first time in 10 years, so no hijacking of the poll by Paul-bots, or Romney-bots, etc. If you tried to vote again with that PIN number, you couldn't do it.