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Majority of Wisconsin Voters Believe Romney Will Be GOP Nominee

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A broad sense of inevitability carried Mitt Romney into the Republican presidential primary in Wisconsin Tuesday, with preliminary exit poll results indicating that, whatever their preference, eight in 10 voters expect him to become their party’s eventual nominee.

Romney’s hopes in Wisconsin also are being boosted by less of a strong emphasis by voters on selecting a candidate who shares their religious beliefs. And a majority picks either electability in November or “the right experience” as the candidate attribute of chief concern, both winning qualities for Romney to date.

Still, nearly half the state’s voters describe Romney as “not conservative enough,” a possible opening for Santorum as he seeks a Northern win after thumping Romney in Louisiana on March 24.

But it’s a very different electorate from the Southern states in which Santorum’s done well. Fewer than four in 10 voters either in Maryland or Wisconsin Tuesday describe themselves as evangelicals, compared with 61 percent in Louisiana and an average of 53 percent in all GOP primaries to date. Three in 10 in Wisconsin and Maryland alike say they’re very conservative; in Louisiana, that was 49 percent.

At the same time, preliminary results indicate an influx of independent voters in Wisconsin -- three in 10 call themselves independents, compared with 23 percent in the state’s primary in 2008. That’s a group that may be less impressed by Romney’s position as the party’s establishment candidate. Additionally, one in 10 in the state’s open primary say they’re Democrats.

In one question not asked previously, Romney and Santorum run about evenly in trust among Wisconsin voters to handle health care policy -- another opportunity for Santorum, yet also a competitive showing for Romney given his vulnerability on the issue among voters critical of the mandatory coverage law he signed as governor of Massachusetts.

Voters in Maryland, meanwhile, are marked by their education and incomes. A quarter report having done post-graduate study, second only to Virginia this year. And nearly half report household incomes of $100,000 or more, the most in any state to date in which exit polls have been conducted, and in the past an especially strong group for Romney. And about half of voters in Maryland call Romney neither too liberal nor too conservative but “about right” ideologically, his best showing to date in states in which this question’s been asked.

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No Clear GOP Front-Runner for 2012 Election At CPAC Conference

Photo Courtesy - Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- An energized crowd of conservative activists descended upon The Marriot Wardman Park Hotel in Northwest Washington, D.C. Thursday to listen to speeches by some of the most prominent names in Republican politics.  But, while they are united in their goal -- beat President Obama in 2012 -- there wasn’t much consensus on who they’d like to see as the Republican nominee.

Many are using this conference as an opportunity to vet some of the potential 2012 candidates.  “Part of the reason I came here,” said Mary Ann Davies of Pennsylvania, “was to hear some of the people who are potentially throwing their hat in the ring.”

A handful of those candidates, including former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and real estate mogul Donald Trump spoke on Thursday.  Speaking Friday will be former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, and businessman Herman Cain.

ABC News asked some CPAC participants to weigh in on what they thought of the current field of potential 2012 candidates, and got a wide variety of answers.

"I think the 2010 election showed that we are looking for new faces, new conservative faces.  I think some of the newly-elected governors like Chris Christie [N.J.] or fresh faces like Mitch Daniels [IN.] really get at that," said Sudipta Bandyopadhyay from New Jersey.

"We need a rock star to get the job done," said Edwin Taylor of South Carolina.  "We need another Ronald Reagan.  The closest person I’m seeing right now is Rick Santorum.  He’s young.  We need a young guy in there.  He’s conservative.  I think he’d go after the national debt and try and solve that immediately."

"[N.J. Gov.] Chris Christie.  He’s my number one choice," said Karen Ginell of Virginia.  "He represents the type of candidate we are looking for -- truth and honesty, doing what you say you will, being conservative and making the government smaller, decreasing cost."´╗┐

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Republican Presidential Contenders for 2012

Republican Mitt Romney. Photo Courtesy - TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Thirteen months before the Iowa caucuses, a diverse and ambitious group of Republicans has begun jockeying for the party's presidential nomination and a chance to go head-to-head with President Barack Obama in 2012.

With early visits to Iowa and New Hampshire, political action committee fundraisers, and informal conversations with prospective strategists and staffers all underway, these would-be candidates have been subtly and not-so-subtly laying the groundwork for the campaign. Some could formally declare their candidacies this month.

The list is dominated by GOP governors and former governors, including familiar faces like Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee, and newcomers to the presidential race, like Tim Pawlenty and Newt Gingrich. Everyone has their eyes on former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, who has also indicated she could get in the game.

A recent McClatchy-Marist Poll puts Romney at the front of the pack, with one in five picking him as the Republican nominee. Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who won the Iowa caucuses in 2008, ranks second with 16 percent. Palin and Gingrich are also close behind.

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