Mitt Romney now leads the Republican presidential race, according to a new survey from ABC and The Washington Post

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is back atop the field of Republican presidential contenders as Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s support has been cut nearly in half, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, as businessman Herman Cain has surged into a tie for second place.

The poll also shows that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie would start the campaign with double-digit support, if he chose to enter the race this week.

Romney leads among Republican and Republican-leaning voters with 20 percent of the vote, according to the poll, released early Tuesday. Perry and Cain tie for second place, with 15 percent. Christie is fourth, at 10 percent. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is next at eight percent, while former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Ron Paul, R-Tex., are at seven percent each.

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