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Latest Poll Shows Perry With 15-Point Lead

By Omar Villafranca
|  Wednesday, Feb 3, 2010  |  Updated 11:18 AM CDT
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February Poll Shows Perry With 15-Point Lead

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From left, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Gov. Rick Perry and Debra Medina are seeking the Republican nomination for governor.

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February Poll Shows Perry With 15-Point Lead

The latest Rasmussen Poll, taken just days after the last televised Republican gubernatorial debate, shows Perry with a 44 percent to 29 percent advantage over Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.
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Gov. Rick Perry's lead has grown by one point in the latest poll, but the governor said it's not anything he thinks about.

"I'm a governor, not a poll reader, so I'll stick with governor, and I'll let somebody else decipher those polls for what they mean," Perry said Tuesday in Dallas.

The latest Rasmussen Poll, taken just days after the last televised Republican gubernatorial debate, shows Perry with a 44 percent to 29 percent advantage over Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. Hutchison has dropped 4 percent since the last Rasmussen Poll.

When asked if what he was preparing for a runoff, Perry said he was focused on the March 2nd primary and the November election.

Republican activist Debra Medina made the biggest leap in the polls, jumping up four points to 16 percent.

Eleven percent of likely Texas GOP primary voters remain undecided.

When told of the poll results, Perry said he would remain focused on the March 2nd primary.

"The only poll that matters is the one on Election Day," said Hutchison spokeswoman Jennifer Baker.

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