It's never too soon to begin speculating about the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. Today's peg: The fundraising figures released over the weekend by the likely candidates' political action committees. The big winners were Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin. Romney's PAC raised $2.9 million in 2009 and has $1.1 million on hand. While she got off to a relatively late start, Palin raised $2.1 million and has slightly less than a million on hand. Coming in third was Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, who raised $1.3 million and has slightly more than $800,000 on hand.
Mike Huckabee lags behind in the money race--while he raised the same amount as Pawlenty in 2009, he has less than $200,000 on hand. Even so, Huckabee leads the early polls: according to this Public Policy Polling survey, he even leads President Obama by one point. Obligatory disclaimer: Polls mean absolutely nothing at this point in the game. Remember: Rudy Giuliani led the national polls throughout 2007.