The Texas governor holds a solid advantage over the rest of the field in a new Republican survey from CNN
After a mixed performance in his first debate since joining the field of Republican presidential candidates, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is maintaining his status as the national frontrunner, according to a new CNN/ORC International poll conducted on the eve of Perry's second debate.
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Perry leads former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, 30 percent to 18 percent, according to the poll, released early Monday. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is at 15 percent, with Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) at 12 percent. All other candidates earn five percent or less -- including Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who is at only four percent.
When respondents choosing Palin, who is considered unlikely to throw her hat into the ring, are asked for their second choice (and those choices are allocated), Perry has 32 percent, compared to 21 percent for Romney, 13 percent for Paul, 7 percent for Bachmann and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and 6 percent for businessman Herman Cain.