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Perry Leads Latest Poll

By Bill Zeeble, KERA News

Dallas, TX –

Texas Governor Rick Perry has increased his lead in the polls to 44 percent. That's based on the latest Rasmussen poll of likely Republican Primary voters in Texas. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more.

The poll completed Monday also shows a 4 percent gain for Republican hopeful Debra Medina. She now claims 16 percent. Her poll boost seems to have come at the expense of Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, who lost 4 points. She now registers 29 percent in the Rasmussen poll. Neither she nor Rick Perry reacted directly to the latest numbers, the first poll results since last Friday's debate.

Hutchison: I'm not looking at polls. I'm out campaigning and I think we did real well in both debates. I felt really good about both of them.

Perry: The polls are the polls, they'll be what they are. I'm a governor not a poll reader. I'll stick with governor and let someone else decipher what those mean.

Debra Medina's campaign was thrilled. Medina polled 4 percent last fall. After the first KERA debate, her numbers jumped to 12 percent. Campaign manager Penny Freeman says following Friday's 2nd debate they rose another 4 points.

Freeman: It shows that we've got some momentum going and expect to accelerate that momentum as more people are interested in this race. We're expecting for the next ones to be much better.

The Rasmussen surveyed 538 likely voters. More numbers will be released today. Primary election day is March 2nd. Bill Zeeble KERA news.

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