Senator John Thune (R-SD) “is the strong choice of South Dakota Republicans to be their nominee for President next year,” according to a new Public Policy Polling survey.
37% say he would be their top pick to 12% for Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin, 11% for Mike Huckabee, 10% for Newt Gingrich, 5% for Ron Paul, 2% for Tim Pawlenty, and 1% for Mitch Daniels.
Thune’s performance in his home state may seem unremarkable- you would expect a native son candidate to do well. This is actually more the exception than the rule in PPP’s 2012 Republican polling though. Mitt Romney does very well in Massachusetts, polling at 47%. But beyond that Tim Pawlenty gets just 24% in Minnesota, Jim DeMint 24% in South Carolina, Sarah Palin 15% in Alaska, Rick Santorum 11% in Pennsylvania, and Rick Perry 9% in Texas. There was a little discussion last week about the possibility of native son candidates returning to the nomination picture in 2012, but in most of the states we’ve polled Republicans don’t seem real interested in supporting their home state candidates.