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Senior Dominique White, right, chats with Gov. Mitch Daniels during the two-term Republican’s visit Thursday to Thea Bowman Leadership Academy in Gary

Looks like Indiana Republican Governor Mitch Daniels has some support in the Far West.

A new straw poll of Washington state Republicans preferred Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels (R) with two-to-one over all other potential Republican presidential candidates.

Daniels had 31 percent of those surveyed in the poll conducted by the Washington GOP during their annual Roanoke Conference.

That’s more than twice the level of support won by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Romney won 14 percent of support, while former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty won 13 percent.

More than a dozen other potential GOP candidates — including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour — failed to break double digits in the poll.

In the Pacific West, Republicans want competence, experience and ideology. In Mitch Daniels they have all three – and certainly a recent record of accomplishment in Indiana.


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