In the race for the 2012 GOP presidential primary, Gallup released a poll today showing Texas Governor Rick Perry leading former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney by 12 percentage points - 29 to 17 percent - among registered Republicans from across the United States.
Texas Congressman Ron Paul comes in at 13 percent while Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachman rounds at the top four with 10 percent of the vote.
Businessman Herman Cain and former Georgia Congressman and Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich are tied at four percent each.
Also tested by Gallup was an even more interesting array of candidates with former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani being added to the field. In this hypothetical race, Perry continues to lead with a nearly unchanged 25 percent to Romney’s 14 percent.
Romney suffers the most with Palin and Giuliani in the race.
Amid speculation that Giuliani maintains an interest in the 2012 race, at least one GOP kingmaker believes that the former NYC Mayor should settle for a number two spot on the ticket joining Perry as his Vice President.
The New York Post reports that former New York state GOP chairman William Powers, a longtime friend of Giuliani's, is urging the Texas Governor to select Giuliani as his running mate before next year’s primary.
Powers contends that Giuliani could provide Perry with major geographical gains. While Perry's Lone Star State roots put him at a disadvantage in the Midwest, Giuliani is well-liked and respected in key battleground states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire.
Moreover, the former New York Mayor comes from a state with 29 electoral votes. Combined with a recently increased electoral vote of 38 in Texas, a Perry-Giuliani ticket would have 67 of the 270 electoral votes required to win.
"He'd be the best No. 2 anybody in the world could pick," stated Powers, who has a long relationship with Texas Republican Karl Rove, former President George W. Bush's top political adviser.
"A Perry-Giuliani ticket would absolutely defeat the Obama-Biden ticket and would have a big impact in New Jersey, in Pennsylvania, in Ohio, in Rhode Island and Connecticut, all places where Rudy is absolutely admired," Powers continued.
According to Powers, Perry would welcome Giuliani as a running mate — the Texas Republican endorsed Giuliani's 2008 presidential bid, and the two men remain friends.
Giuliani said last week that he will decide by the end of September whether to make a second run at the White House. The AP reports that Giuliani is concerned that the Texas Governor will snap up the remaining operatives and money in New Hampshire, an early voting state that would be crucial to his campaign.
It is never too early to choose a running mate in a presidential race. Contrary to popular belief, picking a well-liked and well respected Vice Presidential candidate in Rudy Giuliani could only fuel the campaign coffers and may even clear the primary field against an Obama-Biden ticket of 2012.
An early Rick Perry – Rudy Giuliani GOP presidential ticket makes perfect sense.