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More 2012: McDonnell looks strong in VA

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, considered a possible vice-presidential pick, is enjoying a 55%-26% approval rating, according to the latest Quinnipiac poll. That differs from, say, Chris Christie, who’s numbers are trending in the opposite direction.

McDonnell is also vice-chairman of the Republican Governors Association. Rick Perry is chairman. Republican governors “the vast majority of whom have yet to endorse a presidential candidate for 2012, have begun informal discussions about which campaign, if any, to get behind,” Politico writes. “These conversations, taking place mostly by phone, are a precursor to expected talks about the 2012 field at the National Governors Association (NGA) summer meeting in Salt Lake City, where the influential GOP constituency will gather in two weeks for the bipartisan organization’s annual gathering.”

IOWA: Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman will likely be on the ballot for the Ames Straw Poll, even though they’ve both said they wouldn’t participate in it, the Daily Beast notes. “State party officials put John McCain, Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson on the straw poll ballot in 2007 even though they hadn’t officially entered it. Casey Mills, a spokesman for the Iowa GOP, says he expects the party ‘will lean toward inclusion’ of everyone again this year. A decision is due July 23.”

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Michele Bachmann and Perry are the “hot” candidates in the Granite State right now, the New Hampshire Union-Leader’s DiStaso says.

According to Foster’s Daily Democrat, there is speculation that New Hampshire GOP chair Jack Kimball may be facing a possible ouster due to the party’s financial troubles, but individual members say the financial issues are not due to Kimball’s leadership but rather political parties’ difficulty in general with raising money.