“There’s reason to view these results with some skepticism, since Rick Perry isn’t a declared candidate and the NBC/WSJ and ABC/Washington Post polls this week showed a different picture, but this will certainly help intensify the drumbeat for the Texas governor,” according to Politico. “Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney still leads the race for the Republican nomination — but just barely, according to a Fox News poll released Thursday.
“Romney’s support among GOP primary voters has dropped 6 percentage points in recent weeks, from 23 percent in early June to 17 percent in the new poll … Close behind Romney is undeclared candidate Texas Governor Rick Perry at 14 percent. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann comes in at 10 percent.
“And from CNN:
“A CNN/ORC International Poll released Friday indicates that 14 percent of Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP pick Perry as their first choice for their party’s nomination, just two points behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney …
“The survey indicates that Perry’s biggest supporters are men: He wins 20 percent among Republican men, compared to only eight percent among GOP women. Perry also has a lot of strength among tea party supporters. He is in first place, with 22 percent, among Republicans who say they support the tea party. Among non-tea partiers, Romney is in first place, with 22 percent, and Perry drops to five percent.”
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