(CNN) – Herman Cain and Rick Perry lead the pack of Republican presidential candidates in Perry's home state of Texas, with the other GOP hopefuls trailing, according to a new poll released Monday.
The University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll indicated businessman Cain and Texas Gov. Perry statistically tied at 27% and 26% respectively among Republican primary voters. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas received 12% support, followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 9% and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with 8%. The remaining candidates received 2% support or less.
Perry also held the largest advantage over President Barack Obama in hypothetical general election matchups, outpacing Obama by 8 percentage points, 45% to 37%. Cain led Obama 40% to 35%, Paul garnered 38% to Obama's 33% and Romney received 36% to Obama's 34%.
The survey of 800 registered voters in the historically red state was taken between October 19 and October 26, before the POLITICO story that alleged Cain displayed inappropriate behavior to two female employees in the 1990s.
Cain and Romney have been atop recent national polls of Republican White House hopefuls, while Perry's approval figures have dropped since his late entry into the race.
Although Perry's approval ratings in the Lone Star State were lukewarm, they were more positive than Obama's. Thirty-nine percent of voters approved of Perry's performance as governor, while 44% disapproved. He fared better in the economic realm with 42% approval. Obama received a 33% approval rating and 57% disapproval figure. Twenty-eight percent approved of Obama's handling of the economy.
The survey's overall sampling error was plus or minus 3.46 percentage points and among Republican voters was plus or minus 4.93 percentage points.