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WASHINGTON — Despite the sluggish economy, President Barack Obama still has a substantial lead over his potential GOP rivals in 2012.

Reuters reports:

Obama leads all potential Republican challengers by double-digit margins. He is ahead of his closest Republican rival, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, by 13 percentage points — 51 percent to 38 percent.

Palin, who has not said whether she will run, had the support of 22 percent of the Republicans surveyed and Romney had 20 percent.

Representative Ron Paul, a libertarian Republican from Texas, and former pizza executive Herman Cain were tied for third with 7 percent each.

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