Romney Leads Perry in Arizona Poll

Romney Leads Perry in Arizona Poll

By Erin McPike - September 22, 2011

Mitt Romney still tops the Republican presidential primary field in Arizona, despite Rick Perry’s surge in a number of national and early-state polls.

A Summit Consulting Group (R) survey released Wednesday shows Romney leading Perry by six percentage points, 31 percent to 25 percent. All other candidates polled in the low single digits.

Not tested in the poll were Rudy Giuliani and Sarah Palin. Neither potential candidate has declared an intention to run, but both are being tested in a series of other polls as they ponder the possibility.

Last week Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer added her state to the roster of early-voting states by scheduling its primary for Feb. 28. Balloting in the other states is scheduled to begin early that month.

Romney made his fifth trip this year to Arizona last week and held two public events; his previous four trips were for fundraising activities. He phoned immigration activist Joe Arpaio, the influential Maricopa County sheriff, the day before he arrived and has been courting his support, as has Perry -- who has not yet campaigned in the state.

Michele Bachmann met with Arpaio last week while Romney was in town, and she has been popular with the Tea Party coalition in Arizona. But in Summit’s poll, she garnered just 5 percent support. The survey was conducted several days after Bachmann and Romney visited; with her 5 percent backing, Bachmann tied Herman Cain. Newt Gingrich garnered 4 percent, Ron Paul received 3 percent, Jon Huntsman got 2 percent, and Rick Santorum had less than 1 percent. Twenty-four percent of the respondents remained undecided.

The results led Summit to conclude that the race in Arizona quickly has narrowed to Romney and Perry.

Summit polled 600 likely Republican voters statewide on Sept. 19-20, and the margin of error was four percentage points. 

Erin McPike is a national political reporter for RealClearPolitics. She can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @ErinMcPike.

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