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September 01, 2011

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Michael Low

Rasmussen came out with this morning:
Perry 44
Obama 41

Obama 43
Romney 39

This would kill the electability argument for Romney.

Tom Jensen

I think Rasmussen's an outlier on that, at least for now. We pretty consistently find Romney doing better than Perry on our polls.

Steve

I think that there can be a pretty solid argument made for the fact that Romney is just much better known to the general electorate than Rick Perry is. The better he's known with the general electorate (and not just the GOP voters), the better he'll do. I think a lot of Romney's support is pretty soft.

Wyatt

The National Journal released a poll today taken among Democrat and Republican insiders. They overwhelmingly believe Romney is the best candidate to take on Obama: http://bit.ly/p9hZh9

Lori

Keep it up Mitt! You can win this thing!

realnrh

Romney clearly has the best chances against Obama at the national level. Perry doesn't bring any blue states into play and doesn't appeal to independents or moderates in purples states. With the prospect of a Bush-but-dumber Republican in the White House, President Obama will easily hold most of his 2008 states and win comfortably.

Which is why it's so wonderful to see Perry taking the lead over Romney in a big way.

peterh

I think that as Perry becomes more well known, his approval will move, in either direction. If people discover they do not like him as much as they do now, Romney support will solidify. If they continue to adore him, he will win the GOP nomination. However, the most likely outcome is somewhere in between, so I think the primaries will be very interesting between the two.

I Am Iron Man

I wouldn't write off South Carolina. I think if Perry is the nominee and Obama has a good year he could very well end up winning it.

Perry has said a lot of absolutely insane things and the guy has a bunch of skeletons in his closet.

As a supporter of President Obama; I am very pleased about Perry's surge. Obama will beat Perry.

Joan H.

I'm a solid Romney supporter. We want someone who can beat Obama, and Perry can't. And heaven help us... no to a former Alaskan governor candidate for Pres.!

Küstenpatent,

Romney clearly has the best chances against Obama at the national level. Perry doesn't bring any blue states into play and doesn't appeal to independents or moderates in purples states.

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