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GOP poll shows Rick Perry out front in Florida



rick-perry3.jpgA new poll from American Research Group shows Rick Perry leading a field of presidential candidates in Florida, followed close by Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann, who is top among tea party members.

Among likely voters, Perry -- who has not yet entered the race -- got 18 percent of the vote, followed by Romney's 17 percent and Bachmann's 16 percent. Fourth place went to Sarah Palin (14%) then Herman Cain (11%).

In the tea party group it went: Bachmann (20%); Perry (18%); Palin (16%); Cain (13%). Romney lagged with 8 percent.

The poll was taken July 18-24 and included 600 people with a +/- 4 percentage point MOE.

[Last modified: Monday, July 25, 2011 9:18pm]


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