The Washington Times - September 16, 2011, 12:38PM

Rick Perry might be losing some of his political mojo.

A New Rasmussen Reports national survey shows the three-term Texas governor losing his edge over President Obama in a hypothetical match-up. Mr. Perry has lost his three percentage point edge and now trails 46 percent to 29 percent, a 10 percentage point swing.

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The findings follow a couple of debate appearances where Mr. Perry was forced to defend his remarks regarding Social Security, his executive order mandating pre-teenage girls get vaccinated for sexually transmitted viruses and his support of in-state tuition for some children of illegal immigrants.

Heading into the two debates, Rasmussen Reports showed the tough-talking Texan with a three point edge over Mr. Obama.

The news gets worse for Mr. Perry, as the polls shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney now enjoys a three-point lead in a potential general election fight with Mr. Obama. Rep. Michele Bachmann, meanwhile, trails Mr. Obama by double-digits.