A Gallup poll shows Gov. Rick Perry in a distant third place –and Ron Paul in fourth — when Republicans are asked which candidate is likely to win the GOP nomination.

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Mitt Romney leads the poll, beating out Newt Gingrich with 39 percent of the vote. Gingrich is in second with 35 percent. Perry is lagging far behind the two GOP front-runners. Only 9 percent of people say Perry is likely to be the next GOP presidential nominee. Ron Paul garnered 2 percent support.

The poll sampled Republican and Republican-leaning independent voters nationwide by phone. The margin of error is ±3.