With the Democrats still licking their wounds from last week’s election losses, the Republican National Committee has pivoted to the 2016 presidential election and is offering up a list of 32 potential candidates, including Sarah Palin, Sen. Ted Cruz, Ron Paul, his son Sen. Rand Paul and Condoleezza Rice.

“In 2016, we will have the opportunity again to elect principled conservative leaders, including one Republican qualified to take on the Democrat running for president,” said an email from the party, in an apparent reference to Hillary Clinton.

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“Voters proved our country is in need of qualified and strong Republican leaders who share our beliefs — especially in the White House. Let us know which Republican you would like to see as the presidential nominee in 2016,” it added.

The email linked to a presidential straw poll that included all of the most-buzzed about potential candidates, and several more including South Dakota Sen. John Thune, former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, and five African-Americans: Rice, businessman Herman Cain, Dr. Ben Carson, former Rep. Allen West and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott. It asked those who received it for their three top choices.

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The List

New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush

Businessman Herman Cain

Dr. Ben Carson

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz

Former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal

Ohio Gov. John Kasich

New York Rep. Peter King

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul

Former Rep. Ron Paul

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Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence

Texas Gov. Rick Perry

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum

South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott

South Dakota Sen. John Thune

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

Former Florida Rep. Allen West

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.