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Perry taking commanding lead in Palmetto State

Aug 30, 2011 1:49:00 PM - thestate.com
Texas Governor Rick Perry is taking the president race by storm in South Carolina, according to a new survey released Today by Public Policy Polling, a national Democratic polling company.

According to their survey of 750 usual South Carolina Republican primary voters conducted last week, Perry holds a 20-point lead. Perry, who entered the race earlier this month, is at 36 percent compared to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romeny at 16 percent and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann at 13 percent.

Rounding out the race: former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza Herman Cain is at 9 percent, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is at 8 percent, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas is at 5 percent, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania is at 4 percent, and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is at 2 percent.

The suvery’s margin of error is 3.6 percent.

The numbers are a stark contrast from a PPP poll in early June, when Romney led in the field by at least 15 percentage points. Perry’s entry has cut Romney’s support nearly in half.

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