Rick Perry a "new flavor" of that same old BushSubmitted by CaptainCommonSe... on Wed, 08/17/2011 - 05:13
Who are these "Tea Party" people who actually vote for Rick Perry?
(ASBURY PARK, N.J.) -- Republican voters are really enjoying the new flavor of the week, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, according to a new Rasmussen Reports poll.
Perry, who announced his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination last Saturday, has already jumped to the front of the pack, commanding 29 percent support from likely Republican voters.
He surpassed the former frontrunner, one-term Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who's now second with 18 percent, and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, currently third in the Rasmussen survey with 13 percent.
Even more distressing for Bachmann -- the winner of last weekend's Ames Straw Poll in Iowa -- is that her support among the socially conservative Tea Party has eroded due to Perry's entrance in the race.
The governor leads Tea Partiers with 39 percent, compared to just 21 percent for Bachmann, who needs major Tea Party backing beyond Iowa if she's to have any shot of winning the Republican nod for president.
Support for other candidates showing in the poll is in the single digits: Texas Congressman Ron Paul, Atlanta businessman Herman Cain and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
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