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New CNN Poll Reveals Rudy Giuliani Leads Among GOP, Right-Leaning Independents

Well here’s an interesting little shakeup. Although the battle for the Republican Party’s 2012 presidential nominee remains pretttyyy much wide open, a new poll from CNN shows none other than former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani as the front runner among Conservatives, including right-leaning Independent voters. Which is curious given Giuliani has yet to make any sort of official bid.

The poll, released today, reveals the following:

[…] 16 percent of Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP say they would most likely support Rudy Giuliani as their party’s nominee. One point behind, at 15 percent is Mitt Romney, with Sarah Palin coming in at 13 percent.

Palin, too, has yet to make an official decision about whether or not she’ll run, while Romney, who is set to make his official announcement on June 2, is already facing an obstacle in the form of a Tea Party group.

This particular survey, it should be noted, was conducted from May 24 through May 26, after Mike Huckabee, Donald Trump and Mitch Daniels all announced they would not be campaigning this year.

Check out the results:

Rudy Giuliani 16%
Mitt Romney 15%
Sarah Palin 13%
Ron Paul 12%
Herman Cain 10%
Newt Gingrich 8%
Michele Bachmann 7%
Tim Pawlenty 5%
Rick Santorum 2%
Jon Huntsman 1%
Gary Johnson 1%
Buddy Roemer
* Someone else (vol.) 3%
None/ No one (vol.) 5%
No opinion 2%

And:

NOTE: Fred Karger was included on the list but no respondents chose him.

h/t CNN

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