AUSTIN (KXAN) - As Gov. Rick Perry prepares to divulge his plans for the future, a new poll suggests that his fellow Texas Republicans would be more enthusiastic if freshman U.S. Sen Ted Cruz ran for president than if the governor did.
A plurality of Republican primary voters -- 42 percent-- want Cruz to run in 2016 but an overwhelming majority -- 69 percent -- want Perry to pass on a second run for the White House.
According to Public Policy Polling, 27 percent of Republicans in the state say Cruz would be their top choice for the nomination. Cruz outperformed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who was the choice of 15 percent of the Republicans surveyed and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who drew 11 percent support.
Bush is the brother of former President George W. Bush and Paul is the son of former Texas Congressman Ron Paul.
Perry came sixth among Texas Republicans stating a preference for the upcoming 2016 presidential campaign with just 7 percent.
The governor would also trail Hillary Clinton 48 percent to 44 in Texas if the former secretary of state and U.S. senator were the Democratic nominee for president. Cruz, Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie all lead Clinton in a hypothetical matchup.
Last week, Perry served noticed that he will outline the plans for his political future on Monday in San Antonio. The former state lawmaker and Texas lieutenant governor has been in office since George W Bush left Austin in December 2000 to assume the presidency.
Perry is the longest-serving governor in Texas history and is the dean among all governors in the nation.
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