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Perry, the new frontrunner?


Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) now leads the GOP field in a national poll for the first time.

Less than two weeks after getting into the Republican presidential primary, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is now leading the field, according to the latest Gallup poll.

Here’s how the numbers break down:

29% Perry
17  Romney
13  Paul
10  Bachmann
  4  Cain
  4  Gingrich
  3  Santorum
  1  Huntsman
17  No preference

Perry jumped 11 points from July -- before he had gotten into the race -- vaulting past Mitt Romney, who dropped 6 points.

Ron Paul, who finished a close second at the Ames Straw Poll, ticked up 3 points, while Michele Bachmann, who won Ames, dropped 3.