Politics & Policy

Perry Leads as Bachmann Slips to Fourth-Place Tie

In a new USA Today/Gallup poll, Rick Perry leads with 31 percent among Republicans and GOP-leaning independents. He’s trailed by Mitt Romney (24 percent) and Ron Paul (13 percent). Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, and Newt Gingrich are in a three-way tie at 5 percent each. Rick Santorum is at 2 percent, and Jon Huntsman at 1 percent.

In a a Romney-Perry race, 49 percent would support Perry and 39 percent Romney. Romney would beat Obama in a general election, 49 percent to 47 percent, but Perry would lose, 45 percent to 50 percent. 

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...


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