Debate Jars Perry Out of Sweet Spot

Until Monday night’s CNN/Tea Party debate, it looked like Texas governor Rick Perry was in the sweet spot (or at least that’s how it seemed to me). In a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released just before Monday’s debate, not only was Perry leading Romney by a healthy margin (30 percent to 18 percent), he was also considered more electable (42 percent to 26 percent). When three-quarters of GOP voters consider electability their top concern, that’s a big deal. 

But again, that was before the debate in Tampa.

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