The latest nationwide McClatchy/Marist poll of Republican and Republican leaning voters shows Perry in the lead with 30 percent support followed by Mitt Romney with 22 percent, Michele Bachman with 12 percent and Ron Paul with 7 percent. The live telephone poll was conducted Sept. 13 and 14 and has a margin of error of 5.5 percentage points.
(The McClatchy poll also looked at how President Barack Obama fared head-to-head against some Republicans. Nationwide, Perry loses to Obama 50 percent to 41 percent. Romney wins 46 percent to 44 percent. Rudy Giuliani, who isn't running as of yet, does even better, besting Obama 49 percent to 42 percent.)
In all-important New Hampshire, meanwhile, Perry came in a distant fourth in the latest Suffolk University/7NEWS poll of likely Republican primary voters. Romney leads the pack there with 41 percent, followed by Paul at 14 percent and Jon Huntsman at 10 percent. Perry drew 8 percent support. The live telephone poll was conducted Sept. 18-20 and has a margin of error of 4.9 percentage points.
Meanwhile, in Texas, Perry unsurprisingly leads the Republican field with 49 percent support while Romney draws just 10 percent support, according to Democratic firm Public Policy Polling. Everyone else polls in single-digits in Texas. Perry's support in his home state appears to have grown significantly in recent months. Back in June, the same pollster found Perry leading the presidential pack but with just 31 percent support. The automated telephone poll surveyed Texas Republican primary voters from Sept. 15 to 18 and has a margin of error of 4.9 percentage points.
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