Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison has turned the race for the GOP nomination for governor into a real toss up, leading incumbent Rick Perry 40 percent to 38 percent in a new Rasmussen Reports poll.
Perry led Hutchison in mid-July, when she announced her candidacy
, 46 percent to 36 percent. This survey included "tea party" activist Debra Medina,
who polled just 3 percent. Nineteen percent of voters are still undecided.
Perry's favorable-to-unfavorable ratio is 72 percent to 26 percent while Hutchison's is 71 percent to 26 percent.
The Sept. 16 poll of 790 likely GOP primary voters has a margin of error of 3.5 percent.
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