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• 28 percent of tea partyers support Mr. Perry, followed by Mrs. Bachmann (22 percent), Mr. Romney (16 percent) and Mr. Cain (13 percent.)

Source: A Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 likely Republican primary voters conducted July 28.

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