Romney Top Conservative Pick for 2012 in CPAC Poll

Mitt beats out Jindal and Palin in CPAC Poll
By Amelia Atlas,  Newser User
Posted Mar 1, 2009 4:58 AM CST
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., last year. Romney topped a CPAC poll as the top contender for the 2012 presidential election.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – GOP right-wingers back Mitt Romney to be the 2012 presidential candidate, according to a straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Convention. Yesterday's survey offers a glimpse of conservative thinking as the party begins to reshape itself after heavy losses, Politico notes. Romney, backed by 20% of those polled, bested up-and-comers Bobby Jindal (with 14%) and Sarah Palin (13%). "I feel like he’s the candidate most likely to stick to his convictions on individual liberty," said one respondent.