PPP: Perry has narrow lead over Obama in home state

Rick Perry can claim one early lead over Barack Obama in the polls – in his home state of Texas, though Perry’s lead there is much narrower than he’d like to admit.

Perry leads Obama among Texas voters by a 51 percent-to-44 percent margin, according to a poll released today by Public Policy Polling.

That’s actually an improvement over a June PPP poll that had Obama with a slim 47 percent-to-45 percent lead over Perry.

The updated poll still has Perry with a negative approval rating in Texas, with 45 percent of Texas voters approving of the job that he’s doing and 48 percent not approving.

Perry’s seven-point lead is about half the margin that Republican candidate John McCain won the state by in the 2008 presidential election.


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