Poll Shows Perry's in the Lead

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A newspaper poll shows Republican Governor Rick Perry leading in the upcoming election with slightly more than one-third of Texans saying they'll vote for him.

The statewide poll conducted for The Dallas Morning News found that 38 percent of likely voters back Perry's re-election in the November 7th election.

Support is in the teens for Democratic nominee Chris Bell, and independents Carole Keeton Strayhorn and Kinky Friedman.

According to the poll, 18 percent of the voters support Strayhorn, 15 percent support Bell and 14 percent support Friedman.

Fourteen percent of voters say they're undecided.

Pollster Mickey Blum says Perry's numbers mean somebody should be able to beat him -- but opposition to the incumbent is split three ways.

The poll was conducted by Blum & Weprin Associates Incorporated of New York. It surveyed 828 likely voters by telephone between September 26th and October 3rd. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3-point-5 percentage points.