Wow. Our experiment is off to a great start—let's see if we can finish it off sooner than expected.
After Mitch Daniels and Mike Huckabee decided against entering the 2012 presidential race, some Republicans continue to hope that another big-name contender—Jeb Bush? New Jersey governor Chris Christie?—will enter the race and liven up a GOP field short on serious challengers. One name often tossed out is Texas governor Rick Perry, a red-meat social conservative beloved by the tea party with national star power.
But there's one problem: Republicans in Perry's home state wouldn't even vote for him if he ran for president. That's the big takeaway from a new poll by the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune, which found that only 4 percent of Texas GOPers would vote for Perry if he ran. "This is a major question for a guy who's getting national buzz," said pollster Daron Shaw. "He hasn't convinced Texans that he's a presidential frontrunner."
The favorite among Texas Republicans, the poll found, is Sarah Palin, who hasn't announced whether she's running or not in 2012. Newt Gingrich finishes a close second, with 11 percent, and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) and Mike Huckabee take third with 10 percent. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) each claimed 7 percent.