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Poll: Perry Moves to Front of GOP Pack

Texas Gov. Rick Perry; Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Texas Gov. Rick Perry campaigns in Iowa on Aug. 14. Photo by AFP/Getty.

Gallup released a new poll Wednesday that changes — at least for the moment — the dynamics of the budding Republican presidential nomination fight: Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a double-digit lead on previous frontrunner Mitt Romney in the survey of Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents on which candidate they are likely to support for the GOP nominee for president in 2012.

Perry holds a 29 to 17 percent lead over Romney in a poll taken from Aug. 17-21. The figures suggest Perry may be rocketing to the front of the GOP field just two weeks after entering the race. Congressman Ron Paul, R-Texas is third with 13 percent of the respondents and Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., is fourth with 10 percent.

You can see the demographic breakdown from the Gallup poll below:

At least according to this Gallup poll, many Republican Party members like what they see as Perry travels across Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina with his personal campaigning style and his ability to generate headlines with controversial statements about the Federal Reserve and global warming.

You can see what some Iowa Republicans told PBS NewsHour Political Editor David Chalian about Perry when he was in Iowa for the Ames straw poll. Perry didn’t compete in the poll but announced his candidacy the same day.

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