The Washington Times - September 12, 2011, 12:25PM

Maryland voters chose Texas Gov. Rick Perry over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and other 2012 Republican presidential candidates in a straw poll held at the state fair, the Maryland GOP announced Friday.

Mr. Perry received 25.8 percent of the nearly 900 votes cast by attendees at the Maryland State Fair, which was held in Timonium from Aug. 26 to Sept. 5. He narrowly defeated Mr. Romney, who received 21.2 percent of the vote.

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U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas placed third with 16.8 percent, while Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota finished fourth with 12.5 percent. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — who has not formally announced candidacy in the 2012 race — finished fifth with 7.2 percent of votes, leading other candidates including Herman Cain at 5 percent, Newt Gingrich at 2.3 percent and Jon Huntsman at 2.2 percent.

Maryland’s Republican primary is scheduled to be held April 3.