ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry
has told supporters in Florida that his rivals for the 2012
nomination are making a mistake by skipping an early test vote in
The Texas governor met with Florida activists on Saturday and
urged them to support a conservative in the race to take on
President Barack Obama.
Unlike in this summer's Iowa straw poll, the leading Republican
contenders aren't actively contesting the Florida test vote.
Two of Perry's chief rivals, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt
Romney and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, left Florida before
The poll results are expected to come out Saturday evening.The early Florida poll has a record of predicting the GOP nominee but hasn't been a serious factor in recent years.
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