Romney Is Top V.P. Choice Of GOP Delegates

With John McCain on the verge of selecting his running mate, Republican delegates have selected former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney as their top choice for the Republican vice presidential slot.

Romney was chosen by 38 percent of delegates in a new CBS News/New York Times poll, far ahead of the second place finisher, former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who was selected by 7 percent of delegates attending the Republican National Convention in St. Paul.

Tom Ridge, the former Pennsylvania governor, and Tim Pawlenty, the Minnesota governor, were each selected by 4 percent of delegates surveyed. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin were each selected by 2 percent.

Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, who has consistently campaigned with McCain and is a good friend of the Arizona senator, was selected by just 1 percent of Republican delegates.

Twenty-nine percent of those surveyed said they did not know or declined to answer.

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