Perry takes the lead in Iowa

Still plenty of time - and plenty of room - for changes, but Perry is sucking the oxygen out of Iowa at the moment and has taken the lead according to this PPP poll: The race is pretty close four ways in Iowa but Rick Perry is the new favorite among Republican voters in the state. Among announced candidates he's at 22% to 19% for Mitt Romney, 18% for Michele Bachmann, and 16% for Ron Paul. Further back are Herman Cain at 7%, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum at 5%, and Jon Huntsman at 3%. If you throw Sarah Palin into the mix the numbers are pretty similar with Perry at 21%, Romney at 18%, Bachmann at 15%, Paul at 12%, and Palin registering at only 10%. Perry's support is being built on Tea Party support and voters with very conservative positions on certain issues. Perry is stealing support from Bachmann, born out even further when tea partiers are polled: Only 33% of Republican voters in Iowa identify themselves as members of the Tea Party but a broad advantage with them is driving...(Read Full Post)