Florida is without a doubt the single most important state for the GOP in 2012. If the eventual Republican nominee loses the Sunshine State, President Obama is all but guaranteed reelection next year. And while Texas Governor Rick Perry has not officially declared his candidacy for the White House, the fact that he is leading the Republican presidential field is a good sign for his potential bid. If Perry keeps trending, he could be on a collision course with GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry leads the pack of Republican candidates in aÂ surveyÂ of likely Florida voters by the American Research Group.
Perry polled at 16 percent among registered Republicans, with Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney tying for second place at 15 percent. Fmr. Alaska Governor Sarah Palin came in third with 15 percent, and businessman and radio commentator Herman Cain was in fourth at 11 percent.
While Perry tops the field of likely Republican voters, Bachmann snags the lead among tea party supporters, ahead with 20 percent while Perry had 18 percent. Palin received 16 percent of support, and Cain had 13 percent.
The American Research Group polled 600 likely 2012 Florida Republican presidential primary voters via telephone in a survey conducted July 18-24, with a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.