Texas Gov. Rick Perry trails former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney by just 2 percentage points in the latest national poll of 2012 Republican presidential primary voters.
Perry – who has yet to formally declare his presidential candidacy – is supported by 14 percent of likely GOP primary voters according to the new CNN poll, which was conducted via telephone between July 18-20. That puts him two points behind Romney (who polled at 16 percent) and narrowly ahead of two other as-yet-undeclared candidates – former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (13 percent) and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (13 percent).
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota) placed fifth with 12 percent support, while every other candidate was in single digits.
In the most recent “First in the South” presidential primary poll – conducted last week by the American Research Group – Perry drew the support of 6 percent of likely voters – putting him and Giuliani in a tie for fifth place behind Romney (25 percent), Palin (16 percent), Bachmann (13 percent) and former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain (10 percent).
CNN PRESIDENTIAL POLL (.pdf)
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