Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leads his Republican opponents in Michigan, according to a new poll.

Romney won the state's primary in 2008 and has deep ties there — his father was once governor of Michigan.

Romney leads Texas Gov. Rick Perry with 32 percent support to Perry's 17, with Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) at 12 percent. No other candidate takes more than 5 percent.

That Perry is ahead of Bachmann and in second place shows he has gained some early traction in a state outside of his Southern base.

The poll of 210 Republican likely voters was conducted by Lansing-based EPIC-MRA polling from Aug. 13-16. The margin of error for the smaller sample size was plus or minus 6.7 percent.