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Sarah Palin leads the GOP presidential pack for 2012

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(Read caption) Sarah Palin holds out her palm to show the notes on it while speaking at a fundraising dinner at California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock, Calif. last month. The foundation arm of the cash-strapped California public university paid Sarah Palin $75,000 to speak at a 50th anniversary gala.

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It’s more than two years away and we’re all enjoying summer – even the Obamas up in Maine – so what better time to talk about the Republican nominee for President in 2012?

“Are you crazy??” we hear you asking. But here at The Vote, we look for any excuse to riff on campaign politics, especially when it involves Republicans acting like Democrats – taking shots at one another and jostling for position.

The Gallup polling organization has just released its latest on likely presidential candidates’ popularity within the GOP. Not surprisingly, Sarah Palin leads all the guys with presidential aspirations (Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, and Bobby Jindal) … not counting everybody in the US Senate, all of whom believe themselves to be presidential timber.

Palin’s at 76 percent “favorable” among Republicans – at least 10 percentage points higher than any of the guys.

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