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Rick Perry's Zen: campaign without campaigning earns top FL spot in poll

American Research Group posted these interesting findings showing that Texas Gov. Rick Perry is at the top of the pack of Republican presidential candidates -- even though he's technically not running.

Perry pulls in 16 percent support, putting him technically neck and neck with Mitt Romney (15%) Michele Bachmann (15%), Sarah Palin (13% and another non-campaigning campaigner). Godfather's pizza founder Herman Cain also makes a strong showing with 11%.

Perry and Bachmann's numbers are even higher -- 18 and 16 percent, respectively -- when the poll factors in the most-likely voters. Bachmann also does best (20 percent) with tea party supporters. But the error margin is technically higher with the smaller subset.

Overall, Rudy Giuliani (who'll likely help Perry) pulls in 7 percent. That's better than announced candidate Ron Paul (4 percent). The poll is even worse news for Newt Gingrich (Gingrich 3%) and Jon Huntsman, Tim Pawlenty and Rick Santorum who are battling each other with 1 percent. Gary Johnson registered less than a percent.

The poll is a beauty contest of sorts because it includes so many candidates who haven't announced. But, because it screened for likely Republican voters and shows Perry as strong as he is along with Giuliani, it's tough to believe the Texas governor won't run. Perry aides say he'll definitely announce by the Presidency 5 Republican Party of Florida straw poll and debate.

Whether he actually participates in the straw poll is unclear, but chances are he would if he runs. And he's almost definitely going to run.

 

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Blue Dog One

For those Conservative Democrats (like myself) this would be welcome news!

There is no way we can regain control of the “Peoples Party,” until and unless the G.O.P. reforms itself and UNITES behind a true Conservative. NO more “Unfit-Mitts” or McCain types and NO “Establishment” Neo-Cons.

If Republicans stick to their platform and principles (THIS TIME) and hold power for 16 White House years, then I believe we can rid ourselves of our “Radically Wrong” leaders.

I would gladly support Rick Perry in 2012!

Michael W. Calsetta
Former President
The Conservative Democratic Alliance

George Fuller

Before everybody gets giddy about Perry and you care about illegal immigration...you should know this past session in TX the only bill he supported was a sanctuary city bill which does nothing to solve the illegal alien problem.

He did not support mandatory e-verify

He did not support a Birthright citizenship bill...

His state has one of the highest percentages of illegal aliens in the country and he is not trying to get them to leave.......you decide.

josey

"Tax cuts for the wealthy create jobs." - Republicans, HAHAHA - in China

Only fools and millionaires vote Republican.

tallyguy

Only the clueless and the delusional vote Democrat!

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