The Washington Times - September 22, 2011, 05:42PM

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has found his stride in the GOP presidential primary horse race, according to Gallup’s latest numbers. 

According to the polling:


More registered voters say they would definitely vote for Mitt Romney or might consider doing so (62%) than say the same about his two main rivals in the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama (54%) and Republican Rick Perry (53%).

Since Texas Governor Rick Perry entered the race on the day of the Iowa Straw poll and participated in his first debate in California two weeks ago among the other GOP candidates, Romney found himself double digits behind the Texas Republican. Since then, Romney has managed to close the gap and probably take support from lower polling candidates as the race continues to shape up as a Romney v. Perry contest.

In the meantime, both campaigns are rounding up endorsements from governors and lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Congressman Thad McCotter, Michigan Republican, just announced today he was dropping his bid for the White House and endorsed Governor Romney. Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican, and Rep Jeff Flake, Arizona Republican, also jumped on the Romney endorsement train. Perry has racked up endorsements from Nevada Republican Governor Brian Sandoval and Kansas Republican Governor Sam Brownback. 

Perry and Romney will face off tonight in Orlando at the Fox News-Google debate with the other Republican presidential primary candidates.