Poll shows Perry’s presidential stock is on the rise

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Friday, March 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Gov. Rick Perry’s tough stance on border security and ordering 1,000 National Guard troops to deploy may have helped him surge to the top of the Republican presidential polls.

The latest numbers from Fox News show Perry is tied with Jeb Bush for first at 12 percent. Perry’s numbers are up from 5 points in April.

Senator Ted Cruz is a few points behind with 9 percent support among potential Republican candidates.

GOING IN-DEPTH // Polling History

Fox News Poll
July 20-22, 2014
Margin of error: ± 5%

Jeb Bush 12%
Rick Perry 12%
Rand Paul 11%
Chris Christie 10%

Mitt Romney ended up winning the 2012 GOP nomination.

Still, for a time, polls had Gov. Perry on top.

August 24-25, 2011
Margin of error: +/- 4.5

Rick Perry 27%
Mitt Romney 14%
Sarah Palin 10%
Michele Bachmann 9%

Around this amount of time before the primaries in the last election cycle, Perry had not announced his bid. He wasn’t in an August 2010 poll.

August 6-10, 2010
Margin of error: +/- 4.5

Mitt Romney 21%
Sarah Palin 18%
Newt Gingrich 15%
Mike Huckabee 14%

Perry may be the frontrunner in this poll, but the governor has not yet announced if he will be running for president.

Ray Sullivan knows more about Governor Rick Perry’s last presidential bid than most.

He was Perry’s chief of staff, then he took on the communications director job with Perry’s presidential campaign.

“It’s probably the most emotionally, physically, mentally taxing thing an individual can do, and probably should be when you’re going for president of the United States,” said Sullivan.

KXAN News got a hold of the governor’s travel itinerary from the beginning of May through mid-July.

The governor made trips to California and the important political state of Florida. He also made trips to the key primary states of Iowa in May and to South Carolina at the beginning of July.

This week the governor weighed in on a race in New Hampshire.

You can find a map of the governor’s recent travels below.

“I think it looks like someone who has been to Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina before, liked it and is trying to go back and find some old friends,” said Sullivan.

Sullivan points out Perry is talking about the border, jobs, and even Israel.

“I think the governor learned a lot last time from the presidential campaign. It’s important to get early to be prepared early.”

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