Rasmussen: Perry 29, Romney 18, Bachmann 13
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A phenomenal showing by Perry, who has done nothing more than announce his candidacy and press the flesh in three venues. The impending battle for Tea Party support between Perry and Bachmann may already be over. Romney has been running for four years and is hardly any better off than he was when he left the race in 2008. Who is going to beat this guy? I know that there is a long way to go, and Perry’s campaign is far from a polished operation at this point. He doesn’t even have a headquarters. Still, you could hardly imagine a better start. I noticed this comment in Rasmussen’s writeup on the poll: “Governor Perry is enjoying a bounce from entering the race at precisely the right time”, said Scott Rasmussen. That is Perry’s trademark. He has made a career out of being in precisely the right place at precisely the right time. It’s useful to remember that the election is still fifteen months away.