Perry Takes Republican Lead, All Frontrunners Tied With Obama

Texas Governor Rick Perry takes a commanding lead after announcing his presidential candidacy bid.

The latest Gallup poll breaking down the Republican primary candidates shows Rick Perry in the lead by 12% over Mitt Romney who has been the front runner prior to Perry’s announcement.  From Gallup:

Shortly after announcing his official candidacy, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has emerged as rank-and-file Republicans’ current favorite for their party’s 2012 presidential nomination. Twenty-nine percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents nationwide say they are most likely to support Perry, with Mitt Romney next, at 17%.

Here is Gallup’s chart showing how each candidate ranked:

Preferences for 2012 Republican Presidential Nomination, Trend, May-August 2011

Perry’s boost according to Gallup’s data seems to have mainly come from voters switching their support over from Romney.   Pawlenty dropping out of the race is of some consideration of course, but he never polled well to begin with in previous polls.  Romney going from 23% to 17% while Perry jumped from 18% to 29% should raise some alarms in Romney’s camp.  All in all this is hardly an indicator as to who is going to win the nomination, but the other frontrunners will need to step up their game to prevent a Perry blowout.  That mostly pertains to Romney, Bachmann, and Paul.  Regardless of who you support right now the great news is that all of the four candidates mentioned above are in a “statistical dead heat” with Obama.

ABC News’ Devin Dwyer (@devindwyer) reports:  President Obama is in a statistical dead heat when matched with each of four GOP presidential contenders in a hypothetical 2012 election match-up, according to a new Gallup survey of registered voters. 

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leads Obama by a 48 percent to 46 percent margin, while Texas Gov. Rick Perry ties the president at 47 percent. Obama bests Ron Paul by a 47-45 divide and Michele Bachmann by 48-44 split.  All results are within a 4-point margin of error.