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Here are his top three:

3. Haley Barbour: There’s little question that Barbour’s RGA is seen as the bully — in a good way — on the political block this year. Due to the tens of millions the committee has on hand, the RGA is already playing active roles in a number of contested races. That involvement in Massachusetts drew some controversy — quickly squashed — about ads attacking state Treasurer Tim Cahill who is running as an Independent in that race. (Previous ranking: 1)
2. Mitt Romney: Romney continues to play a different sort of game than the other candidates expected to run for president in 2012. He methodically rolls out endorsements — state by state — in advance of the 2010 election, a strategy that allows him to use his financial might to build chits. He continues to tour the country in support of “No Apologies” — his campaign platform book. And, he avoids sounding off on every issue under the sun. It’s the strategy of a frontrunner, which, today, Romney is. (Previous ranking: 2)
1. Sarah Palin: Yes, she’s number one again. No Republican has moved up as much on the Line as the former Alaska governor. And, even now, in conversations with Republican operatives, some suggest she should hold this top spot while others insist she should be down at number nine or ten. We think the former option is the right one at the moment as Palin has shown a practical side — her endorsement of former HP executive Carly Fiorina in the California Senate race — and it’s clear that her support can make a difference in primaries and other nomination fights. (See Tom Emmer in Minnesota and Nikki Haley in South Carolina.) (Previous ranking: 3)

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