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May 14, 2011 7:42 PM by Matt Stafford

Republicans unsure on 2012 candidates

WASHINGTON (AP) - A lot of Republican voters aren't yet getting excited about any of their party members who've announced a White House bid for next year.

Forty-five percent of the Republicans responding to a survey say they're dissatisfied with the GOP candidates who have declared or who are thought to be serious about running.

That's up from 33 percent two months ago, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll.

Just 41 percent say they're satisfied with the likely Republican field -- down from 52 percent.

Republicans have various ideas on which candidate would be the right one. Retiree Robert Osborne in North Carolina is hoping New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will run. Indiana farmer Brent Smith wishes that Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour hadn't backed away. And William Johnson of Ohio says he just wants someone who's not a "cold fish."

 

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