Well that was quick. Texas Governor Rick Perry’s national poll numbers have plummeted to almost half of what they were only a few weeks ago, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll. Perry is now tied for second with Herman Cain and is well behind front runner Mitt Romney. From the Washington Post:

Among announced candidates — without Christie or Palin in the race — Romney leads with 25 percent, which is identical to his support from a month ago. Perry and Cain are tied for second with 16 percent, numbers representing a 13-point drop for Perry and a 12-point rise for Cain since early September.

Rick Perry entered the GOP primary just two months ago and quickly grabbed a big lead in all the national polls.  But missteps quickly caused Perry to lose his front runner status.

A bad debate performance, support for providing in-state tuition to children of illegal immigrants, and Perry’s decision to grab the third rail of American politics by attacking Social Security likely all played a role in Perry’s recent drop.