It's just one point.
But a new poll Monday shows Texas Gov. Rick Perry holding 26 percent of the vote to businessman Herman Cain's 27 percent among Republican presidential primary voters in Texas.
U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas came in third, with 12 percent, followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, with 9 percent, and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 8 percent. The other Republican presidential candidates pulled in 2 percent or less, according to the new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll.
While Perry and Cain are in a statistical tie,some say they are surprised Texas' governor isn't leading in his home state.
"He is not dominating here the way one might have expected," Daron Shaw, co-director of the poll and a government professor at the University of Texas, told the Texas Tribune.
The poll, an Internet survey of 800 registered voters, was conducted Oct. 19-26. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.93 percent on questions about Republican voters.
-- Anna M. Tinsley