Romney Keeps Lead in Poll

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Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Marriott Wardman Park February 11, 2011 in Washington, DC. A dozen potential Republican presidental hopefuls are set to address CPAC, the biggest gathering of conservative activists in the country.

A new USA Today and Gallup poll shows that Mitt Romney still leads the GOP field even with Rick Perry's potential candidacy factored into the race. Romney maintained his lead with 24 percent and Rick Perry takes 17 percent. Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann came in 3rd and 4th with 14 percent and 13 percent, respectively. The poll indicates that Rick Perry’s expected entry would mostly take support from outspoken conservative candidates such as Bachmann.