A poll by the Republican National Committee includes Gov. Mike Pence and his predecessor, Mitch Daniels, among 32 prospective candidates for the party’s 2016 presidential nominations.
The RNC is asking “a handful of Republicans” in each state to check off how favorable or unfavorable each of the 32 is, according to a letter that accompanies the poll.
“This brief exploratory survey marks the launch of the first of a series of ‘pre-season’ polls we will be taking to measure the early awareness and opinion of” presidential prospects, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus wrote in the letter.
He wrote that those polls “could play a decisive role in determining which Republicans ultimately throw their hats into the presidential ring.” Priebus also asked for a contribution of at least $25 a respondent to pay for the poll.
The candidates in first survey include a lot of familiar names – Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Rand Paul and Condoleezza Rice among them. Others are less known, such as South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott.