Gallup: Perry is Romney’s strongest potential challenger

This morning’s Gallup Poll shows that former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney is the leader for the GOP Presidential nomination among the current field of official candidates, supported by 27% of Republicans, compared with 18% for U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN.).

“However, (Texas Gov.) Rick Perry would essentially tie Romney, with Sarah Palin and Rudy Giuliani close behind, in a scenario in which all three of these undecided candidates entered the race.”

In such a scenario, Romney would receive 18% to Perry’s 15%, according to Gallup.

“Perry appears to be the strongest potential challenger to Romney at the moment,” according to Gallup, “given the results of these recomputed preferences, trailing Romney by five percentage points, compared with eight- and nine-point deficits for Palin and Giuliani, respectively. Perry is also the only one of the three late-deciders whose support numerically exceeds Bachmann’s in these simulations.”

http://www.gallup.com/poll/148664/Romney-Leads-Field-Announced-GOP-Candidates.aspx

Gallup: Perry is Romney’s strongest potential challenger