Saying “there might not be a state that better symbolizes the fundamental shift that’s occurred in the Republican Presidential race over the last few months,” PPP Polling released new survey data from the early GOP primary state of South Carolina showing Texas Gov. Rick Perry overrunning the rest of the GOP field and shoring up support amount mainstream and conservative Republicans alike.
The survey results, released Tuesday morning, give Perry a commanding 36 percent showing, a 20-point lead over his next-closest rival Mitt Romney. Minnesota’s Michele Bachmann came in third at just 9 percent.
That Perry has been expanding his edge in the nomination race isn’t necessarily surprising in itself given the fervor the conservative state executive has spawned among the media and Republicans alike since entering the race weeks ago.
As PPP points out, it’s how quickly he’s overtaken the rest of field: “When PPP last polled there in early June, Mitt Romney led everyone in the field by at least 15 points,” the analysis notes. “But now with Rick Perry’s entry Romney has lost almost half of his support.”
Perry’s quick rise has also been particularly damaging for Bachmann, and the latest South Carolina numbers show that dynamic continues. Among “very conservative” Republicans in South Carolina, the largest self-identified contingent in the poll, Perry garners 44 percent support compared to Bachmann’s 14 percent. Romney, meanwhile, is stuck at 9 percent in this subset.
The survey also looked at potential two-way or three-way match ups that could occur by the time the South Carolina primary comes around. Head to head, Bachmann would lost handily to Perry: 63 percent to 20 percent. Notably, if it was Romney vs. Bachmann, Romney comes out on top: 45 percent to 40 percent.