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RICK PERRY tops new GALLUP poll by 12 points – USA Today

August 24, 2011

Perry tops new Gallup poll by 12 points

Aug 24, 2011

By Jackie Kucinich, USA TODAY

Days after launching his campaign, Texas Gov. Rick Perry surged into the lead of the race for the Republican nomination, according to a Gallup poll released today.

Perry leads former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, the previous front-runner, by 12 percentage points, 29%-17%. Texas Rep. Ron Paul places third with 13% support from those surveyed, followed by Rep. Michele Bachmann with 10%

Romney maintained a fragile lead in Gallup’s polls for months and Perry’s ability to surpass him after only one full week of campaigning, at the time of the poll, shows how vulnerable Romney’s front-runner status is.

In addition, Perry’s entrance into the race has slowed Bachmann’s steady rise in the polls despite her straw poll win in Iowa.

The poll did not reflect Perry’s rocky transition from Texas governor to presidential candidate.

In his first days on the trail, Perry received criticism from the right and the left after his controversial comments on evolution, climate change and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s handling of the economy.

via Perry tops new Gallup poll by 12 points.


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