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The choice is significant because Tea Party Express, like most other Tea Party groups, was hesitant to get behind Romney as the Republican nominee. During the GOP primary, Romney was not seen as the Tea Party candidate. Most groups have confirmed they will vote for Romney because their main concern is defeating President Obama, but a Tea Party-favored choice for Romney's VP could help bolster their support.

“It is not a big surprise that Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTrump must send Russia powerful message through tougher actions McCain, Coons immigration bill sparks Trump backlash Taking a strong stance to protect election integrity MORE is the favorite candidate of the Tea Party for the vice-presidential nod," Tea Party Express Chairwoman Amy Kremer noted in the release. "He ran as a strong fiscal conservative, and he has delivered with his record in the U.S. Senate for the last two years. The only surprise is that he led the other excellent candidates by such a wide margin."

According to Kremer, most of the 27 names polled were acceptable to the group's members. The 27 names are not necessarily on Romney's shortlist, but have been mentioned as possible contenders for vice president.

“The next favorites of the Tea Party Express supporters were Congressman Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanMcConnell: 'Whoever gets to 60 wins' on immigration Overnight Defense: Latest on spending fight - House passes stopgap with defense money while Senate nears two-year budget deal | Pentagon planning military parade for Trump | Afghan war will cost B in 2018 House passes stopgap spending measure with defense money MORE (R-Wis.) and Congressman Allen West (R-Fla.)," Kremer said. “All 27 of the candidates were acceptable to the Tea Party. They just want to make sure we end the big spending in Washington."

Ryan took 50 percent and West followed with 47 percent, according to the group's results. Ryan has said he will not be vice president, but West said he would consider an offer. Romney has never mentioned the freshman West as a possible running mate, but recently told a supporter "all suggestions are welcome" when urged to consider the Tea Party favorite for the role.

The poll also found strong support for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Republican presidential hopefuls including Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee and Rep. Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannBachmann won't run for Franken's Senate seat because she did not hear a 'call from God' Billboard from ‘God’ tells Michele Bachmann not to run for Senate Pawlenty opts out of Senate run in Minnesota MORE (Minn.) and Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulPentagon: War in Afghanistan will cost billion in 2018 Overnight Finance: Senators near two-year budget deal | Trump would 'love to see a shutdown' over immigration | Dow closes nearly 600 points higher after volatile day | Trade deficit at highest level since 2008 | Pawlenty leaving Wall Street group Rand Paul calls for punishment if Congress can't reach a long-term budget deal MORE (Ky.).

Tea Party Express claims its poll surveyed over 8,000 people. The national organizations do not necessarily speak for the majority of Tea Party voters.