Perry on Romney’s Tail

Mitt Romney remains the frontrunner in two new polls, but Rick Perry is a close second in both polls.

Results from the Fox News poll of GOP primary voters: Romney (17 percent), Perry (14 percent), Michele Bachmann (10 percent), Rudy Giuliani (9 percent), Sarah Palin (9 percent), Ron Paul (9 percent), Herman Cain (5 percent), Newt Gingrich (4 percent), Tim Pawlenty (2 percent), and Rick Santorum (2 percent).

Romney has lost six percentage points since an early June Fox poll, while Bachmann has gained six points. Perry did not appear on the early June poll.

If options are limited to declared candidates (which excludes Perry and Palin), the top three are Romney (26 percent), Bachmann (15 percent), and Paul (10 percent).

Results from the CNN/ORC International poll of Republicans and Republican leaning independents: Romney (16 percent), Perry (14 percent), Palin (13 percent), Giuliani (13 percent), Bachmann (12 percent), Paul (8 percent), Cain (6 percent), Gingrich (4 percent), Pawlenty (3 percent), Santorum (2 percent), and Jon Huntsman (1 percent).

Katrina Trinko — Katrina 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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