Rick Perry has faltered since shooting to the top of the Republican primary contest. Has the former Massachusetts governor reclaimed his front-runner status?
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has led the 2012 presidential race since his splashy entrance last month, but former front-runner Mitt Romney has re-taken the lead, according to a new poll from Fox News:
Mitt Romney 23% Rick Perry 19% Herman Cain 17% Newt Gingrich 11% Ron Paul 6% Jon Huntsman 4% Michele Bachmann 3% Rick Santorum 3%
The Texas governor shot to the top of GOP polls without many voters having seen him on television or heard him speak, and his quick ascent seemed to reveal, at least in part, a dissatisfaction with the available options. But since then, the other Republicans have attacked him relentlessly in a series of three nationally televised debates. The governor has struggled to explain his executive order requiring HPV vaccines for girls in Texas, and he drew boos from an audience for defending in-state college tuition for young illegal immigrants in Texas.
During the last debate, Romney pounced on Perry as the Texas governor struggled with his words.