Recent post debate polling shows Texas Governor Rick Perry maintaining his lead in the race to capture the Republican nomination for president. Despite attacks by opponents and Washington insiders, Governor Perry has not seen a significant drop in his numbers.
Perry continues to lead the field with 28% of the vote while his closest competitor, Mitt Romney, trails by seven points with 21%.
Since experiencing a dramatic assent in the polls following his entrance into the race, Governor Perry has shown himself to be a durable frontrunner capable of weathering attacks from opponents and enduring the harsh spotlight of the presidential campaign media. While some in the media have been critical of Perry’s debate performances and predicted an impact on his lead, it appears GOP primary voters do not agree.
According to the Real Clear Politics polling average, Governor Perry held a strong lead over the field prior to the first Republican Presidential debate, capturing 29% of the Republican primary vote. Nearly three weeks and three Republican Presidential debates later, polling continues to show Rick Perry with a similar lead over the field.
Real Clear Politics Average9/6/2011
CNN/Opinion Research Poll
9/23 – 9/25
The CNN/Opinion Research data also confirms what we have seen in other national polls: the race for the GOP nomination is currently headed to a two person contest between Rick Perry and Mitt Romney.