Poll places Rice, Christie and Santorum at the top of the pack for GOP VP choices

With the focus in the GOP campaign shifting to who will fill in the number two slot, a new poll shows that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and recently departed presidential candidate Rick Santorum lead the pack in popular opinion.

The Hill reports:

“A CNN/ORC poll released Wednesday found that 26 percent of likely voters would like to see Romney tap Rice as his vice president. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who challenged Romney for the nomination before ending his campaign earlier this month, earned 21 percent support, followed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Tea Party favorite Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., tied at 14.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., whose budget plan has been a focal point for the Obama campaign and Democrats’ attacks, has 8 percent backing. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal earned 5 percent and Virginia Gov. and chairman of the Republican Governors Association Bob McDonnell had 1 percent support.”

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor threw his support behind either McDonnell or Ryan at a breakfast cosponsored by Politico and Bank of America this morning.

Note: RAP will be posting a full account of Cantor’s VPstakes comments this afternoon.

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