As of now, the 2012 Republican Presidential Primary race is all about Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, with no other candidate reaching double-digit support.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely GOP Primary voters shows Perry with 28% support and Romney capturing 24%. Before Perry entered his first debate, the Texan held an eleven point advantage over Romney, 29% to 18%.
Trailing far behind the frontrunners are former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at nine percent (9%), Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann at eight percent (8%), Georgia businessman Herman Cain with seven percent (7%) support and Texas Congressman Ron Paul who earns six percent (6%). Rick Santorum, former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, draws the vote from three percent (3%) while ex-Utah Governor Jon Huntsman draws support from two percent (2%). Michigan Congressman Thad McCotter comes in with just one percent (1%) of the vote. Another 11% of GOP voters are undecided at this time. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
These latest numbers show a significant decline for Bachmann and some improvement for Gingrich.
Among conservative GOP primary voters, Perry leads by nine. Among moderates, Romney leads by 12.
Perry is supported by 36% of Evangelical Christian voters along with 31% of Catholic voters. Romney is backed by a plurality (31%) of Protestant voters.
Read the full story at Election 2012: Republican Presidential Primary – Rasmussen Reports™.
- Gallup: Perry 31, Romney 24, Paul 13, Bachmann … 5 (hotair.com)
- Perry, Romney Lead Pack in South Carolina Poll (hotlineoncall.nationaljournal.com)
- Perry Maintains Lead Over Romney, But Romney Slightly Stronger Against Obama (hotlineoncall.nationaljournal.com)
- Thursday Republican Presidential Debate Live Blog from Orlando, Florida (rightpundits.com)