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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