Just days after Rick Perry formally entered the Republican presidential race, he holds a double-digit lead over Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll released Tuesday.

The nationwide poll of 1,000 likely Republican voters, conducted on Monday, finds the Texas governor with 29 percent support. That’s well over the 18 percent who back Romney, previously the GOP front-runner to challenge President Barack Obama’s biggest challenger.

“Governor Perry is enjoying a bounce from entering the race at precisely the right time,” said pollster Scott Rasmussen. “Now the difficult part begins for the new front-runner. It’s much easier winning support when people are hoping you will get in the race, than retaining support when you are the front-runner.”

Minnesota Congresswoman Bachmann, who topped Saturday’s Iowa Straw Poll, was next with 13 percent. Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who came in a strong second in the straw poll, had the support of 9 percent.

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