Poll: Majority of Republicans on board with another Romney run
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A majority of Republicans say they’d like to see Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGrassley to vote against Tanden nomination The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Ahead: One-shot vax, easing restrictions, fiscal help Haley isolated after Trump fallout MORE run for president again in 2016, according to a CBS News poll released on Sunday.

Fifty-nine percent of Republicans surveyed say they’re open to another Romney candidacy, against only 26 percent who said he should stay out.

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Romney has reignited his fundraising operations and is building out a campaign team as he considers another presidential bid.

If he chooses to run again, it would be his third consecutive bid for the White House. In 2008, he fell to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the Republican primaries. In 2012, he won the Republican presidential nomination but got thumped by President Obama in the general election.

Romney had been enjoying a nostalgia tour in conservative circles. He is at or near the top of many polls of potential Republican presidential candidates, and many conservatives say he’s been proven right on foreign policy and a host of other issues that he ran on in 2012.

But that goodwill has been tested since Romney has edged toward another run in recent days. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill were cool or outright critical of another Romney run. He’s also taken early fire from the rest of the potential field of candidates, and GOP pundits who say he's had his day.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush came in just behind Romney in the CBS poll. Fifty percent of Republicans said they’d like to see him in the presidential race, against 27 percent who said he should stay out.

Bush has been the most aggressive in moving towards a run. He said he is “actively exploring” a bid for the White House, and he’s also moved to untangle his business interests by resigning from corporate boards.

Romney and Bush would fight it out for the Republican establishment mantle alongside New Jersey Gov. Chris ChristieChris ChristieCancun fallout threatens to deal lasting damage to Cruz On The Trail: The political perils of Snowmageddon Ex-Christie aide cleared by Supreme Court in 'Bridgegate' scandal running for local office MORE, should all three run. But the CBS poll found that Republicans are less eager for the N.J. governor – only 29 percent said Christie should run for the GOP nomination, against 44 percent who said he should stay out.

Christie will need to get moving soon if he intends to run. Strategists say he risks getting crowded out by Bush and Romney in the race for donors, campaign staffers, and top-level political operatives if he fails to act soon.

Among the GOP contenders that would compete for the votes of grassroots conservatives in the Republican primaries, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee leads the way, with 40 percent of Republicans saying he should run, against 29 percent who disagree.

Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) is next, with a 26-19 split. Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.) and Ted Cruz (Texas) are both underwater, at 27-34 and 21-25, respectively.