CNBC survey indicates CFOs think Jeb Bush will win GOP nomination

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According to a survey conducted of the CNBC Global CFO Council, Jeb Bush will be the likely Republican nominee for president in 2016, and nobody else is really close.

More than 72 percent of members of the council surveyed this month say Bush will in fact win the 2016 nomination. Respondents were asked to choose who they think will garner the nomination, not who they would vote for.

According to CNBC, the CFO Council represents some of the largest public and private companies in the world and collectively manages more than $2 trillion in market capitalization across a wide variety of sectors.

However, only 19 (of 56 percent) of the 34 council members responded to the survey.

Scott Walker was the second place choice, garnering 11 percent.

Marco Rubio, Rick Perry and Mike Huckabee were next, all at 5.6 percent.

Ten other candidates received no support. Another 5.6 percent said they had no idea who might be the next nominee.

The survey was released three days before Bush officially announces his candidacy at an event scheduled to take place at Miami Dade College.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at