LANSING (WWJ) – A new poll shows former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is the frontrunner among those likely to vote in Michigan’s 2012 Republican Presidential Primary.

Pollster Bernie Porn with Lansing-based EPIC-MRA said Texas Governor Rick Perry’s 17 percent showing in Michigan really surprised him.

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“To think that Michigan Republicans have attached themselves to him this quickly, giving him not the terribly distant 17 percent to Mit Romney’s 32 percent, it’s probably a little surprising. The activity on the internet among conservative voters and among Republicans has probably benefitted him a great deal.”

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Porn was also surprised with Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s third place finish with 12 percent, stronger than Sarah Palin.

“Michele Bachmann is more popular in Michigan among Republican voters than Sarah Palin, the vice-presidential nominee, by seven points, 58 to 51 percent. Not withstanding Michele Bachmann’s involvement in a lot of controversial statements is Sarah Palin, who has a much higher negative.”

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Michigan Congressman Thaddeus McCotter of Livonia was able to garner only one percent of the vote.