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Washington — A new poll has found that the Republican party is struggling to energize its base as the candidates aren’t extremely attractive to their base.

In fact, many of them are unknown to most of the base. Close to 80 and 85 percent of the base did not know enough about Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour or former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty.

Only those possible contenders who regularly appear on television — or have run before — are well known enough to elicit significant views from their fellow Republicans. And of that group, only former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas and former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska are viewed favorably by more than half of the Republican electorate.

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