Gallup poll has Perry up by 12 points over Romney. It's his to lose. Less than two weeks after getting into the Republican presidential primary, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is now leading the field, according to the latest Gallup poll. Here’s how the numbers break down: 29% Perry 17 Romney 13 Paul 10 Bachmann 4 Cain 4 Gingrich 3 Santorum 1 Huntsman 17 No preference First Read - Perry, the new frontrunner?