There are now several rankings available of potential 2012 Republican Presidential candidates, and this allows us to do a metaranking, below.
At Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball (the eponymous site of a University of Virginia Political Science Professor), they rank the Republican candidates while grouping them into several major tiers (so, First Tier includes Romney, Huckabee, Palin, Pawlenty, Barbour and Daniels). Beside each, they gives several key advantages and disadvantages, which presumably make up part of the reason for the rankings. (Note: this ranking’s currently from Jan. 20th.)
At National Journal (via Mark Lowe), they have just released their second ranking of the Republican candidates, where they give short descriptions justifying the position (or change thereof).
Finally, there’s our ranking, which you can see on the right-side of the main blog page.
Notes: if a candidate doesn’t appear in a ranking, they are not listed. The numbers next to ranking indicate their respective rankings by Sabato, National Journal, and 270soft, and the average of those three.
So, the metarankings are:
- Gov. Mitt Romney (1, 1, 1 = 1.0)
- Gov. Tim Pawlenty (4, 2, 2 = 2.7)
- Gov. Mike Huckabee (2, 3, 4 = 3.0)
- Gov. Mitch Daniels (6, 5, 3 = 4.7)
- Gov. Sarah Palin (3, 8, 4 = 5.0)
- Gov. Haley Barbour (5, 6, 6 = 5.7)
- Rep. Newt Gingrich (7, 7, 6 = 6.7)
- Sen. John Thune (9, 4, 9 = 7.3)
- Amb. Jon Huntsman Jr. (13, 9, 6 = 9.3)
- Sen. Rick Santorum (12, 10, 10 = 10.7)
- Rep. Michele Bachmann (14, 12, 10 = 12.0)