The National Journal polled GOP insiders to gauge the interest in the potential 2012 GOP candidates. The poll interviewed 109 party leaders, political professionals and pundits.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is the runaway favorite garnering 81 first place votes. Gov. Pawlenty was second among the field with 46 points. If Pawlenty does run, and he hasn’t ruled it out, he may have some competition from the Upper Midwest. South Dakota Sen. John Thune also polls high among the insiders.
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Tom Scheck has covered politics and state government for more than ten years for MPR News. He’s covered several gubernatorial campaigns, two statewide recounts, the presidential bids of Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann, U.S. Senate races, close Congressional contests and the Minnesota Legislature. He lives in Falcon Heights with his wife, son and dog. He can sometimes be found chasing a white ball on a golf course. It isn’t a straight walk. Tips are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org