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Rick Perry Places Third In New Presidential Poll

by: Nick Hudson

Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 01:00 PM CDT

Rick Perry at CPAC 2014
Rick Perry is in third place among the potential Republican field of 2016 presidential contenders, according to a new CNN/ORC International survey.

Perry has the backing of 11% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents surveyed. His level of support is behind Rand Paul, who garnered 16% in the survey, and Paul Ryan, who received 15%.

At 11%, Governor Perry received more support than former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee who came in with 10%, Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at 9%, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Texas Senator Ted Cruz, both at 8%, Marco Rubio at 5%, and Rick Santorum at 3%.

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The poll, conducted between March 7 and March 9, 2014, has a sample of 367 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents. Its margin of error is ± 5.

Rick Perry has not announced whether he will make a second bid for the White House. He has stirred speculation among people who follow politics closely with his recent visit to the important swing state of Iowa in February, his well-received speech at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference, and his recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel's late-night talk show. On his show, Jimmy Kimmel asked Perry whether planned to run again for President in 2016. "This is not the crowd that I want to make this announcement to," Perry responded. He added, "America is a great place for second chances."

This poll is so early, and the field of potential candidates is so fluid and crowded, that onlookers shouldn't place too much stock in its results. Voting in the 2016 Republican Primaries won't begin until around January 0f 2016. Unexpected candidates may enter the race, some potential candidates will decline to run, and there will certainly be fluctuations in future survey outcomes. The poll is probably most valuable to top-place finishers who can turn a decent-looking early poll into donations and earned media and build a base of support.

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