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The Usual Suspects: Rick Perry's Support In Gallup National Poll Came From The Tea Party

Newscom / Olivier Douliery

Nearly 600 respondents in the national GOP poll were Tea Party supporters. Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney led among the 36 percent of Republicans who did not consider themselves Tea Partiers with 23 percent, but was followed closely by Perry at 20 percent. The combination of Perry's dominance within the Tea Party sect and running closely with Romney among the those who don't consider themselves part of that movement pushed him to a lead outside the margin of error in the overall GOP presidential poll. A pro-Perry Pac released another poll Thursday night that showed the Texas Gov. moving past Bachmann in Iowa.

The Tea Party supporter sample was 58% of the original Gallup poll, which used 1,000 live telephone interviews with Republicans and GOP-leaning voters conducted from August 17th to the 21st, which has a sampling error of four percent.