Politics

Rick Perry Starts Off Ahead of Other Republicans in Florida

While Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain also rise in new poll, Romney, Newt Gingrich stumble
By: Kevin Derby | Posted: July 25, 2011 3:35 PM
Rick Perry

Texas Gov. Rick Perry

A new poll finds Gov. Rick Perry of Texas leading the Republican presidential pack in Florida, with U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts on his heels.

The American Research Group poll finds that Perry, who has yet to formally enter the race despite coming in second in two recent national polls, leads in the Sunshine State with 16 percent, followed by Bachmann and Romney with 15 percent each. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who also has yet to enter the race, came in fourth with 13 percent. Businessman Herman Cain is fifth with 11 percent.

The rest of the pack trails in single digits. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is not an official candidate, took 7 percent. U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas pulled in 4 percent, while former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia took 3 percent. Despite basing his campaign in Orlando, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman took 1 percent, which ties him with former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania. Two candidates -- former Gov. Gary Johnson of New Mexico and former Gov. Buddy Roemer of Lousiana -- took less than 1 percent.

The poll of 600 likely Republican primary voters in Florida (including 50 independents) was taken between July 18-24 and had a margin of error of +/- 4 percent.

A poll taken in May by American Research Group shows that Romney and Gingrich are now on the decline in Florida, while Perry, Bachmann and Cain are on the rise. Romney led the May poll with 26 percent, followed by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee with 14 percent. Since that time, Huckabee announced he is not running. Gingrich, whose campaign since then has been plagued by defections, muddled messages and fundraising woes took third in the May poll with 11 percent. Palin placed fourth in the May poll with 9 percent. Businessman Donald Trump, who also announced since then that he was not running, took fifth with 7 percent.

Perry, who looks increasingly likely to enter the race as the weeks go on, was not included in the May poll. Bachmann, who has been surging in polls at the state and national level in recent weeks, took 5 percent in May and 15 percent in the July poll. Cain garnered 4 percent in May and moved up to take 11 percent in the new poll.


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Comments (6)

Julien
12:29PM NOV 20TH 2011
Let's see how well Perry does when voters find out he is soft on illegal immigration. The only legislation he supported was a sanctuary bill that did not pass and would do nothing to solve the illegal alien crisis.
Ju @ packshot 360
Bill Landes
6:53PM JUL 27TH 2011
Let's not forget Rick Perry pushed for the "SuperHighWay" and he is for Amensty. Just another RINO. We should look at the other things in his past.
6:24PM JUL 27TH 2011
Let's see how well Perry does when voters find out he is soft on illegal immigration. The only legislation he supported was a sanctuary bill that did not pass and would do nothing to solve the illegal alien crisis.

He also supported and passed in state tuition for illegal aliens.......some call it the dream act.....I call it a ream act.....
Hellena
12:07PM JUL 27TH 2011
I Registered Republican (for 2012) so I can vote for Ron Paul in the 2012 Republican Primary. If you're a Democrat (like me) and actually want an Anti-War candidate, click here to find out how to Register Republican in your state so you can vote for Ron Paul: http://dailypaul.com/165288/register-republican-to-vote-for-ron-paul-in-...
Disenchanted
8:08AM JUL 26TH 2011
What's the difference between Governor Rick Perry and President Barack Obama? Obama didn't force his Obamacare on the people using an Executive Order.

Google: "Gardasil Perry" for full details.
magyart
6:17PM JUL 25TH 2011
Gov Perry would be a disaster as President. He's already attained a rank above his ability.

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