Less than a week into his official presidential campaign, Texas Governor Rick Perry has opened up a double-digit lead here in the Hawkeye state. In a poll taken just days after Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann won the Ames Straw Poll (chasing Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty out of the race in the process) Perry leads the first-in-the-nation Iowa Caucus field by 12 points.
This combined with New Hampshire polling yesterday which shows him vaulting to second place in the first-in-the-nation primary state, and Perry is starting to look a bit like the Republican front-runner five days into his campaign. Not too shabby.
Now, fortunes can change pretty quickly in presidential politics. Who would have thought John McCain would be the nominee at this point in 2007? Or John Kerry in 2003 for that matter? Thus, I’m certainly not making any predictions, but the nomination, at this point, appears to be his to lose.
Perry-Rubio in 2012? I guess we’ll see…
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