By Dan Smith
Published: Thursday, Sep. 15, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Thursday, Sep. 15, 2011 – 7:32 am

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is maintaining his edge over a surging Texas Gov. Rick Perry among Republicans looking to California’s June 2012 presidential primary, according to a new Field Poll.

The poll shows Romney’s support has dipped slightly since June while Perry more than tripled his. But Romney still holds an eight-point lead.

“Perry really hasn’t taken it out of the hide of Romney, and that’s good news for Romney,” said Poll Director Mark DiCamillo.

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