The latest presidential poll shows no Republican beating President Obama in hypothetical head-to-head matchups -- Mitt Romney comes closest to victory.
According to the New York Daily News, the Quinnipiac University poll finds Obama and Romney tied at 45% Obama beats Rick Perry 45%-42%, and he easily handles Michele Bachmann 48%-39%.
Romney was the only candidate to beat Obama among the Independents who could decide the election, topping the President 46%-40%
But Romney may never get the chance to take on Obama -- Perry leads him in the GOP poll 24%-18%, mimicking other recent polls that show the former frontrunner Romney trailing Perry.
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"Perry has sprinted out of the gate as a candidate for the GOP nomination," said assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute Peter A. Brown. "Being the new kid on the block has benefitted Perry. But with prominence comes scrutiny and both his Republican competitors and the Democrats are doing their best to convince voters he's not Mr. Wonderful."