The Washington Times - September 28, 2011, 08:14AM

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has gained on former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney among Pennsylvania voters despite shaky debate performances, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

Mr. Perry has gained 8 percentage points on Mr. Romney in Pennsylvania since Aug. 2 and now trails Mr. Romney by 18 percent to 16 percent in the poll released Wednesday. The survey was conducted from Sept. 21 to 26, which includes the most recent debate of GOP presidential candidates.


The poll places former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania in third at 12 percent, with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who hasn’t announced she’s running, next at 8 percent. No other candidate topped 6 percent.

A slight majority of Pennsylvania voters, 52 percent, oppose a plan by the state GOP to switch the Electoral College system from a winner-take-all format to a setup that awards electoral votes by the winner of each congressional district.