A new national poll from CNN/ORC International shows Rick Perry with a 13-point lead over Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Twenty-seven percent of the Republicans and independents polled chose Perry as the candidate they would most likely support. Romney received 14 percent from those polled, while former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, who is not currently in the race, came in third at 10 percent. See the entire results below:
Perry's margin over Romney in this poll is similar last week's Gallup numbers, which showed the Texas governor 12 points over the former Massachusetts governor, and an earlier PPP poll that showed Perry with a slightly smaller lead over Romney. While national polls this far out from the general election in November 2012 aren't too reliable, this trend shows how Perry's entry just over three weeks ago changed the nature of the race.