A new Bloomberg poll shows Rick Perry in the lead, but with a significantly smaller margin than other recent polls have shown.
Among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, Perry is at 26 percent, just four percentage points ahead of Mitt Romney (22 percent). The remainder of the candidates (or in the case of Sarah Palin, possible candidate) are in the single-digit tier: Michele Bachmann (9 percent), Ron Paul and Palin (8 percent), Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich (4 percent), Rick Santorum (2 percent), and Jon Huntsman (1 percent).
Don’t hold your breath for the draft Chris Christie/Paul Ryan/Sarah Palin efforts to end: Forty-seven percent still hope that another candidate will jump into the race, compared to 42 percent who are “mostly happy” with the current field.
In a match-up with President Obama, Romney would lose by 5 percentage points (48 percent to 43 percent), and Perry by 9 points (49 percent to 40 percent).