The Washington Times - July 17, 2009, 06:54AM

A Gallup poll of Republican voters shows that Mitt Romney is the front-runner for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, CQ Politics is reporting.

About 26 percent of GOP voters picked Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, to head the ticket, and 21 percent picked Sarah Palin, the soon-to-be former governor of Alaska.

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About 19 percent preferred Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas, and 14 percent opted for Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

I’ve been having trouble sleeping, and I just realized it’s because there wasn’t a front-runner for the Republican nomination — three years from now. I should sleep much tonight. Thanks, Gallup.

Sarah Palin received the highest favorability rating among Republicans taking the poll — 71 percent. So she might not have to go maverick or rogue to get her message out, as long as she doesn’t let the RNC pick her wardrobe.