03/15/2012 01:08 pm ET

VP Choice Speculation Swirls Around Potential 2012 Republican Picks (PHOTOS)

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There are still more than five months to go until the GOP formally nominates a candidate at the Republican National Convention. Although Mitt Romney has the lead in delegates, the contest is far from over.

But not having a nominee hasn't stopped speculation from running wild about which name will end up on the bottom half of the ticket. Some of the most-mentioned candidates include early state governors, popular swing-state politicians and pretty much anyone who's ever been described as a "rising star" of the Republican Party.

Here's a look at some potential picks:

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