A straw poll at the Kankakee County Fair found that of likely Republican Party voters, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is the top choice as the prospective presidential candidate.
Palin, the vice presidential GOP candidate from the 2008 election, received 19 percent of the votes, said Kim Curlee, secretary for the Kankakee County Republican Central Committee.
At total of 86 ballots were cast. This straw poll was the first time the party conducted a survey at the county fair.
....Following Palin were: Minnesota U.S Rep. Michele Bachmann, 17 percent; former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, 15 percent; Texas Congressman Ron Paul, 14 percent; Texas Gov. Rick Perry, 12 percent; former Georgia congressman and ex-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, 6 percent; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, 5 percent; and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, 4 percent.
Gov. Palin hasn't announced her decision yet on whether or not she will run for President in 2012. I'm thinking keep your eyes peeled for an announcement around Labor Day, and I'm predicting she will run. She has an advantage of name recognition, and established conservative credentials. The excitement over Rick Perry will flame out as well, as he will have his record examined by voters nationally. With the name recognition, Palin has the advantage of entering the race when she pleases.