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) -- 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

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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

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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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