DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Is it time for Gov. Rick Perry to end his presidential campaign?
That is the question that the Texas governor might be asking himself and his staffers after the results of a new poll were made public on Tuesday. The poll, which was conducted by Suffolk University and WHDH in Boston, found that only 2 percent of Republican voters in New Hampshire are considering Perry.
In this particular poll, Perry ranked only ahead of Michele Bachmann. Mitt Romney led the poll with 41 percent as Newt Gingrich (14 percent), Ron Paul (14 percent), Jon Huntsman (9 percent), Herman Cain (8 percent) and Rick Santorum (3 percent) all racked numbers higher than the Texas governor.
Perry saw similar results in a different poll which was released on Friday – that time tying with Bachmann at 2 percent. Santorum was in last place with Romney leading the pack by a much tighter margin.
And Perry is seeing equally dismal numbers in Republican polls conducted in other states across the nation. Five percent in Michigan. Three percent in Arizona and Pennsylvania. If the governor fails to gain traction in Iowa before to the January caucus, he could be back in Texas much sooner than expected.
National polls are more optimistic, but not by much. The latest USA Today poll placed the Texas governor in fifth place at 8 percent. A just released Quinnipiac poll placed him in fourth place – tied with Ron Paul – with 6 percent. CNN ranks Perry in fourth place at 11 percent.
What do you think — should Perry continue his presidential campaign or call it quits and return to Texas? Sound off in our comments below.