Mitch Daniels takes more than two-to-one lead in straw poll

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.

The poll included both possible Republican candidates who have strongly hinted or even expressed an interest outright in running for president in 2012 and others who with increasingly large profiles, such as House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)

Daniels on Friday said he'd make up his mind and announce whether he will run for president soon.

"I don't think that I've waited too long, but I believe I should come to some decision. There are a lot of people waiting and I owe them an answer," Daniels said according to the Northwest Times of Indiana.

Read the results here.

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