Gallup has finally conducted another national survey of GOP presidential-campaign preferences, after the announcements from Donald Trump, Mike Huckabee, and Mitch Daniels.
Mitt Romney (17%) and Sarah Palin (15%) now lead a smaller field of potential Republican presidential candidates in rank-and-file Republicans’ preferences for the party’s 2012 nominee. Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, and Herman Cain essentially tie for third, with Cain registering 8% support in his initial inclusion in Gallup “trial heat” polling. Notably, 22% of Republicans do not have a preference at this point.
Of the 10 candidates included in the newly reduced list, 7 have either officially announced their candidacies or established exploratory committees. Jon Huntsman and Michele Bachmann are nearing decisions and are expected to get in the race, while Palin’s status as a candidate is less certain.
There isn’t a huge change from previous polls, but notice Herman Cain is starting to creep up into the second tier . . .
I feel bad for the 1 percent who volunteered Huckabee, even after he announced he’s not running.