The Conservative Political Action Committee or CPAC convention attendees selected a familiar name as the front runner for the 2012 Presidential election cycle.
Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts Governor won the nod with 20% of the poll. His win is not all that shocking when you think about it and consider who he was facing as opponents. What is surprising is that the person who came in second is also the person that many, even the Republican party were writing political epitaphs for just a few short days ago. We here at 1461 were no different and hammered out an epitaph for him and his career. In the end Bobby Jindal somehow managed to pull 14% of the poll.
Falling in behind the two front runners were Texas Rep. Ron Paul and believe it or not Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Each received 13% of the poll.
The fear factor here, beyond the fact that Palin was actually in the front of the pack, was the fact that the Republicans are as divided a party as they have ever been. That division is something that will have to be fixed. The only way the Republican party can look to regain the seats they have lost over the past two election cycles is to become a unified force.
The full field of choices in the poll were: former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, former House speaker Newt Gingrich, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Ron Paul, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty; Romney, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, and they also had space for a write-in candidate.