A CNN poll has Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and former Vice Presidential nominee Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska basically tied for the early, early, early, early, lead in the race to be the GOP nominee in 2012.

Huckabee leads the poll with 32 percent, followed by Palin’s 30 percent, putting them within the poll’s 4.5 point margin for error.

Here’s how some of the others fared:

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is in third place in the poll, with 28 percent of those questioned saying they are very likely to support him as the GOP nominee in 2012. Romney gave up his bid for the White House in February and backed McCain.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is 1 percentage point behind Romney, at 27 percent. In 2007, Gingrich flirted with making a stab at the Republican nomination but decided against jumping into the race.

Twenty-three percent said they would be very likely to support former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani if he decides to run again. Giuliani was the front-runner in many polls in late 2007 before performing poorly in the early primaries and caucuses. He dropped out of the race for the White House in January and immediately backed McCain.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who’s considered a rising star in the GOP, grabs the backing of 19 percent, with Florida Gov. Charlie Crist at 7 percent.

“Jindal and Crist are relative unknowns. The fact that they get much less support than the others is likely a function of name recognition rather than a true measure of their potential base of support,” Holland said.

A name not on that list, but one that has made some noise lately is a Bush. Jeb Bush that is.

The brother of Dubbya has made it known that he is considering a run for the seat set to be vacated by Mel Martinez in 2010. Could this be a prelude to a 2012 comeback by the least popular name in American politics today? Its doubtful, but the only family that seems more enamored than the Clinton’s with the Oval Office may well be the Bush’s.

Stay tuned.

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