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Polls Positive for Perry's Presidential Push

By Omar Villafranca
|  Wednesday, Aug 24, 2011  |  Updated 7:18 PM CDT
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Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign has opened up a double digit lead, making him the clear frontrunner for the GOP nomination.

Omar Villafranca,NBCDFW.com

Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign has opened up a double digit lead, making him the clear frontrunner for the GOP nomination.

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Gov. Rick Perry is on a roll in the polls.

A Gallup Poll on the GOP presidential race shows Perry with a double-digit lead over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Perry notched 29 percent, with Romney a distant second at 17 percent.

Texas Rep. Ron Paul gained to 13 percent of the votes, and Ames Straw Poll winner and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann dipped to 10 percent.

Another Gallup Poll released Monday shows that Perry is tied with President Barack Obama in a head-to-head competition.

A poll conducted by the left-leaning Public Policy Polling shows a Perry vs. Obama race with the president holding a small lead -- 49 percent to 43 percent.

Michael Moore, associate professor of political science at the University of Texas at Arlington, said the polls show Perry's message is getting out with voters. But there is still plenty of campaigning to do, he cautioned.

"The Democrats and Obama need to be concerned about any person on the other side polling next to them," he said. "I wouldn't necessarily read into this meaning that Perry is going to be the choice of the Republican Party."

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