Could reality television be a legitimate steppingstone to the White House? Well, in at least one case — guess who? — that could be true, according to a newly released national poll of GOP voters.

The survey, conducted by Quinnipiac University, puts Sarah Palin atop the heap of potential contenders with a slim lead over Dudley Do-Right Mitt Romney. This is gonna be a long two years. –KA

Los Angeles Times:

Palin, the party’s 2008 nominee for vice president, receives 19% of the vote in the national survey of Republican voters. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who finished second to John McCain in primaries and caucuses won in 2008, is backed by 18%.

Another 2008 candidate, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, gets 17% of the vote, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich finishes with 15%. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is a distant fifth at 6%, a respectable showing at this point as he builds a national profile.

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