As Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) readies to announce "exciting future plans" on Monday, some Texas residents appear to have no interest in a 2016 presidential run being a part of that news.
A Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey released Wednesday finds that Lone Star State voters are more interested in seeing Sen. Ted Cruz (R) run than a Perry redux. Of 500 registered voters asked, including 318 Republicans, 27 percent selected Cruz as their top choice, followed by 15 percent for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) and 11 percent for current Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R).
Perry finished a distant sixth on that question, at 7 percent. Perhaps the most glaring number for the governor was 74 percent going against the idea of him running in 2016 altogether.
The Democratic-leaning PPP conducted a similar survey in January, which netted equally bleak results for Perry. Nearly eight in ten Republicans advised against a 2016 run back then.
Perry's 2012 presidential ambitions came to a crashing halt just prior to the South Carolina primary. Ray Sullivan, who was communications director for Perry's campaign, told the Associated Press Tuesday that he expects the forthcoming announcement to be focused on the Texas governor's race. Perry's term ends in 2014.