Source: GallupMitt Romney (17%) and Sarah Palin (15%) now lead a smaller field of potential Republican presidential candidates in rank-and-file Republicans' preferences for the party's 2012 nominee. Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, and Herman Cain essentially tie for third, with Cain registering 8% support in his initial inclusion in Gallup "trial heat" polling. Notably, 22% of Republicans do not have a preference at this point.
Ron Paul actually came in at third with 10%. So, given that this is the second national phone poll to show him with 10% and a few percentage points away from the lead, where is all the national press coverage about how Paul is nipping at Romney's heels and is a potential frontrunner in this race? Why does the media have numerous articles not mentioning his name once when talking up the top-tier but giving people like Pawlenty and Huntsman, who are well below him, entire articles devoted to the potential threat they pose to Romney?
It looks like even double digit national support is not enough to unravel the media blackout on Ron Paul.