Perry New Frontrunner in Post Poll

He moves ahead of Romney and steals Bachmann's support
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2011 4:40 PM CDT
Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks to workers in New Hampshire last month.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – New poll results from the Washington Post and ABC have a familiar ring—Rick Perry is the frontrunner. Among all Republicans and right-leaning independents, Perry gets 27%, followed by Mitt Romney (22%), Sarah Palin (14%), Ron Paul (8%), and Michele Bachmann. What's more, 30% say Perry has the best chance to beat President Obama, ahead of Romney's 20%.

Also, Romney and Perry were tied for the lead when respondents were asked which candidate would be best for the economy, a result that neutralizes one of Romney's strengths, notes the Post. While the results aren't great news for Romney, they're worse for Bachmann. Perry's surge has cut deeply into her popularity, especially in the Tea Party camp. (It won't help that her veteran campaign manager has quit.)

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