When Gallop polls asked GOP faithful who they would like to see run in 2012 for president, Gov. Charlie Crist ranked 9th out of 10 and former Gov. Jeb Bush ranked 8, according to the poll of 799 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents released today. More here.
Guess who tops the list? Predictably it's Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee -- in that order. Huckabee was followed by David Patraeus, Rudy Giuliani, Newt Gingrich and Bobby Jindal. Lindsey Graham came in last at # 10.
Here's what pollsters concluded about Florida's favorite sons:
"Republicans are decidedly unenthusiastic about possible White House bids from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, current Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham. Bush's prospects are obviously hurt by the dissatisfaction with his older brother's White House term and perhaps a lack of enthusiasm for a third member of the Bush family as president.
"Crist and Graham were key McCain supporters early in the primaries, and helped him to critical primary wins in their home states. But the GOP rank-and-file apparently does not want these McCain loyalists to become presidential candidates themselves. It is unclear whether this has anything to do with their affiliation with McCain, although it should be pointed out that Republicans still regarded McCain quite positively after his election defeat."