Gallup is the latest major polling firm to find that Rick Perry now leads among Republican primary voters nationally. Perry takes 29 percent of the vote, leapfrogging Mitt Romney who is at 17 percent. Ron Paul has moved into third with 13 percent, followed by Michele Bachmann at 10 percent. Everyone else is below 5 percent.
Throw in Sarah Palin and Rudy Giuliani and the race changes only slightly. Perry would still lead with 25 percent, Romney would come in second with 14 percent, and Palin and Paul would tie for third at 11 percent each. Next comes Giuliani with 9 percent and Bachmann at 7 percent. Everybody else is under 5 percent.
Perry crushes Romney in the South 39 percent to 12 percent while trailing the former Massachusetts governor by just one point in the East. Perry has also taken a toll on Bachmann, who does no better than tying Paul in any region of the country and trails all three of them in the Midwest, even though that’s where she does best. Perry also beats Romney 33 percent to 16 percent among conservatives, while Romney has a single-digit lead among moderate to liberal Republicans.
A Rasmussen poll taken earlier this month also showed Perry moving ahead of Romney nationally, with Bachmann and Paul coming next.