A new poll suggests Texas Gov. Rick Perry's flirtation with a presidential run may be having an impact among the electorate.
The McClatchy-Marist poll of Republican-leaning registered voters shows Perry tied for second among potential 2012 candidates.
The survey, taken June 15-23, included 801 registered voters, with 308 Republicans or GOP-leaning independents.
Among Republican or GOP-leaning respondents, Perry and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani both drew 13 percent support, behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's 19 percent support. Texas U.S. Rep. Ron Paul received 5 percent support. The margin of error in that part of the poll is +/- 5 percentage points.
Among just Tea Party supporters, Perry bested all other Republicans, drawing 20 percent support.
When all 801 respondents were asked whether they would vote for President Barack Obama or one of the GOP contenders, Romney fared best, losing to Obama by 4 points, with a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points. Against Perry, Obama led 48 percent to 39 percent. Tim Pawlenty, Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann all lost by more than Romney or Perry against Obama, according to the poll.