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GOP VP Poll – Condoleezza Rice: 26% Santorum: 21% Rubio: 14%

Well, as Romney is now the nominee, the GOP veep stakes begin!

A new CNN poll shows that former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, leads the preference of GOP voters, with 26% of the support.

According to the survey, Condoleezza Rice is on top of the list. Twenty-six percent questioned said they would like to see Rice, who served as national security adviser and later as secretary of state under President George W. Bush, as the Republican vice presidential nominee. In second place in the survey, at 21%, was Rick Santorum, who was Romney’s chief rival for the nomination until early last week, when the former senator from Pennsylvania suspended his campaign for the White House.

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie were each at 14%, with House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin at 8%, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal at 5%, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell at 1% and Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio at less than one half of one percent.

This is definitely very interesting….

However, among Tea Partiers, it’s a slightly different story. While 85% of Tea Partiers have a favorable opinion of Rice, she isn’t their Tea Party pick for VP. A plurality, 22%, picked Rubio, in second place at 18% was Chris Christie, and 16% selected Condoleezza Rice .