Texas Gov. Rick Perry enters tonight'sFox News/Google debate in Orlando as the front-runner in Florida's presidential primary, a new poll shows.
The Quinnipiac University survey shows Perry leading former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, 28%-22%, if former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is included.
In a sample without Palin, registered Republican voters prefer Perry, 31%-22%. In neither sample, no other candidate registers in double digits.
Offered the option of only Perry or Romney, respondents choose Perry, 46%-38%, with 12% undecided.
This is the second debate in nearly as many weeks in Florida, a state jockeying with several others to be among the first nominating contests of the 2012 presidential cycle. The primary date has not yet been set, but will likely follow traditional leadoff contests in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, as well as Nevada.