Texas Gov. Rick Perry leads the field already in a poll of Republican primary voters in Lousiana and comes in a close second behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in Missouri, according to new polls conducted by the reputable Republican polling firm Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research.

Perry takes 30 percent of the Republican vote in Louisiana, besting Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Romney, who were at 16 and 15 percent, respectively.

In Missouri, Perry takes 22 percent of the vote to Romney's 25. Bachmann sits at 13 percent.

The Louisiana poll was conducted from Aug. 10-11, before Perry officially announced his candidacy, while the Missouri poll was conducted from Aug. 13-14, the weekend that Perry announced.

Neither state is likely to vote early in the GOP nominating process, but the polls show Perry is in a strong position in the South and can compete in the Midwest, two regions he will need to do well in to win the nomination.