Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's team is touting an internal poll showing her far ahead of Texas Gov. Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerryTexas Democratic megadonor dies at 46 Nuclear and coal are essential for reliable energy The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE in a potential 2010 Republican primary for governor.

Hutchison leads Perry 55 percent to 31 percent among likely primary voters, according to the survey conducted by Voter/Consumer Research for Hutchison.

Hutchison has already filed paperwork to allow her to explore a potential gubernatorial bid. Perry is expected to seek a second term.

A Perry pollster, however, told the Houston Chronicle that the governor would prevail over the senator if they ran against each other.

"He beats her like a drum," said pollster Mike Baseslice.