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President Obama hasn’t been sworn in for a second term yet, but that hasn’t stopped the speculation about 2016.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is leading a conservative website’s interactive point-and-click poll for people to name their top choices for the Republican Party’s next presidential nomination.

Mr. Rand is leading the field at You Chooose 2016, a website connected with FreedomWorks, the Washington-based nonprofit.

The top five Republicans in the unscientific poll are Mr. Paul, followed by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Texas congressman Ron Paul, former Florida congressman Allen West, and 2012 vice presidential candidate and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.

Those names aren’t necessarily big surprises — but some of the other choices on the website’s list could be considered eye-openers.

How about Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who is only days into his first term in Washington? Or TV talker Glenn Beck? How about influential conservative blogger Erick Erickson?

The poll is also asking participants to name their least-favorite choice. The winner there is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

There are 49 other names to choose from. Here’s the whole list, as presented on the website:

— New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
— Florida Sen. Marco Rubio
— Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul
— Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
— Former Florida Rep. Allen West
— Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State
— Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan
— Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal
— South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley
— Indiana Gov. Mike Pence
— Utah Sen. Mike Lee
— Former Texas Rep. Ron Paul
— South Dakota Sen. John Thune
— Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake
— Texas Sen. Ted Cruz
— South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott
— Michigan Rep. Justin Amash
— Former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint
— Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli
— Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey
— Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee
— New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte
— Former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels
— Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
— Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann
— House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio
— Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn
— Political commentator Ann Coulter
— Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin
— Talk show host Erick Erickson
— Publishing executive Steve Forbes
— Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich
— Talk show host Sean Hannity
— Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman
— California Rep. Darrell Issa
— Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers
— Ohio Gov. John Kasich
— Iowa Rep. Steve King
— Talk show host Rush Limbaugh
— Political commentator Michelle Malkin
— New Mexico Gov. Susan Martinez
— Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell
— South Dakota Rep. Kristi Noem
— Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin
— Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty
— Texas Gov. Rick Perry
— Ohio Sen. Rob Portman
— Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney
— Talk show host Joe Scarborough
— Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum
— Donald Trump

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David Eldridge joined The Washington Times in 1999 and over the next seven years helped lead the paper's coverage of regional politics and government, Sept. 11, and the sniper attacks of 2002. In 2006, he was named managing editor of the paper's website. He came to The Times from the Telegraph in North Platte, Neb., where he served as executive ...

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