By Brian Doherty
New Hampshire GOP presidential poll: Guess what "non-major" candidate tied for second place?
That would be Ron Paul, on the eve of Thursday's first GOP candidate debate in North Carolina.
It's a very far second, yes, behind Mitt Romney at 35 percent. But Paul polled at 8 percent, tied with media funboy Donald Trump and don't-worry-about-him Rudy Giuliani.
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Yes, that's ahead of such stars in the minds of their fans and enemies as Tim Pawlenty and Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich.
Many are yearning for non-candidates as well. Colin Powell would be the favorite of 30 percent of them were he a candidate. And 13 percent are still undecided.
The poll was done by Suffolk University, and involved live telephone interviews with 400 likely GOP primary voters in New Hampshire.