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.