Too early? You’re right. We shouldn’t

But we just can’t help ourselves! After all, they’ll be campaigning in South Carolina by sometime in 2010.

NBC-WSJ GOP pollster Neil Newhouse did a post-election survey last night, and here’s what he found: Just 12% of those surveyed believed Palin should be the GOP’s new leader; instead 29% of voters said Romney, followed by 20% who say Huckabee. Among GOPers, it was Romney 33%, Huckabee 20% and Palin 18%. Look for more from this survey later today.

If Sarah Palin has presidential ambitions, they’ll start in South Carolina. Huckabee has Iowa and New Hampshire just isn’t Palin country. Romney has a strong S.C. advocate in Sen. Jim DeMint, but that didn’t do him much good this time around. If we were Palin, we’d pick out a pretty little riverfront retreat in Beaufort and start the politikin’.