GOP Political Insiders vote on brightest stars, Barbour #2

Q: Who among your party’s current crop of governors has the brightest political future?

Republicans (99 votes)

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal 21 percent
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour 20 percent
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty 17 percent
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist 13 percent
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford 8 percent
Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. 6 percent

Also receiving votes: Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, 5 percent each; no one, 2 percent; California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and “Pawlenty and Sanford,” 1 percent each.

Louisiana Gov. Jindal

“He has brains, ideas, talent, and youth. Plus, he’s an ethnic minority. He’s just what the doctor ordered to bring us out of the wilderness.”

“Despite his State of the Union response, he is still our most successful, substantive governor who represents both youth and diversity.”

Mississippi Gov. Barbour

“The incompetence of [Republican National Committee Chairman Michael] Steele makes Haley the real party leader in 2010.”