NEW YORK (
) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry scored another victory on Friday, beating the GOP field by 11 percentage points in a South Carolina primary poll.
Perry beat former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney among likely Republican primary voters in the crucial primary battleground state 31% to 20%. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R., Minn.) came in third with 14% of the vote, while former
CEO Herman Cain made a surprise fourth-place appearance with 9%.
The survey by Magellan Strategies polled 637 voters with automated telephone technology. The firm said that Perry's strongest support came from male self-identified Tea Party members and social conservatives.
entered the Republican race a mere two weeks ago, but a wave of support has flung the Texan into
stable position at the top of the polls.
Bachmann was in South Carolina on Friday at a town hall meeting along with Gov. Nikki Haley who made a surprise appearance.
Haley pressed Bachmann about labor situations in her state and voiced her disapproval of President Barack Obama's decision to allow the National Labor Relations Board to prevent a
plant from moving to South Carolina from Washington.
"I have wept in Washington D.C. watching what's happening to our country," Bachmann said.
--Written by Joe Deaux in New York.
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