Just days after entering the race, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has taken the lead in the latest national polling of the race for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination — and seems to have cut Michele Bachmann’s support right out from under her.
A Rasmussen poll conducted Monday and released Tuesday shows Perry with 29 percent support among likely GOP primary voters. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney saw 18 percent support in the poll, while Bachmann clocked in at 13 percent.
That a conservative, southern newcomer to the race has strong support among GOP primary voters isn’t necessary a surprise, as Slate’s Dave Weigel explains. But the movement in the numbers from just two weeks ago is worth noting: In a poll released Aug. 1, Romney saw 22 percent support, Perry had 18 percent and Bachmann had 16 percent.
Much of Perry’s jump seems to be attributable to consolidating Tea Party support and drawing from lesser-known candidates as a three-way race dynamic takes hold.
In the latest poll, Perry draws nearly 40 percent of those who identified themselves as Tea Party supporters. Bachmann pulled 21 percent from the same group. In the previous poll, Perry saw 28 percent of that group, while Bachmann saw 22 percent.
According to the poll, 16 percent of those surveyed remain undecided.