Poll: Palin near top of re-shaped GOP field

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has moved up in the latest Gallup poll of the Republican presidential race. A new survey, completed after decisions by Mitch Daniels, Mike Huckabee, and Donald Trump not to run for president, shows Palin in second place, close behind leader Mitt Romney. But the number of voters who are undecided is larger than any single candidate’s support.

The poll, which was limited to Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, has Romney in first place with 17 percent. Palin is next, with 15 percent. After that is Ron Paul, with 10 percent, Newt Gingrich with nine percent, Herman Cain with eight percent, Tim Pawlenty with six percent, Michele Bachmann with five percent, and Jon Huntsman, Rick Santorum, and Gary Johnson with two percent. Twenty-two percent say they have no opinion.

Although Romney and Palin are in the lead, the poll represents a significant boost for Herman Cain, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, who has long been a favorite with the Tea Party. Cain was not included in previous Gallup surveys; now, he is virtually tied for third place.



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