Political analysts are taking note of a strong fourth place finish by Gov. Chris Christie in the latest Southern GOP Conference straw poll.

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Christie edged out Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Rand Paul, but still finished far behind Ben Carson and Scott Walker.

However, after a March poll had a large number of Republicans, who said they would definitely not vote for Christie, he appears to have convinced them to give him a second look.

The timing of the poll could not have been better for Team Christie, who are looking to gain momentum ahead of his probable announcement of a White House bid in the coming weeks.