Gov. Perry likely to decide on 2012 presidential bid in 'next several weeks'

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) will likely decide in the next several weeks on whether to run for president in 2012, a spokesman said Tuesday. 

"There is no specific timeline," said Mark Miner, a spokesman for Perry. "A decision will most likely be made in the next several weeks."

Perry has said he would sit down and consider entering the race for the GOP presidential nomination after the conclusion of his state's special legislative session. 

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That wrapped up last week and, following some minor back surgery, Perry will begin to look more seriously at the possibility of running.

Recent polling suggests he could make a strong entry. A McClatchy-Marist poll last week pegged the Texas conservative as a top choice of Tea Party voters.

Perry scored a small political victory on Tuesday as well, after the Republican Governors Association, of which he serves as chairman for this cycle, announced a record-breaking $22.1 million haul in the first half of 2011.