(AP) -- Overnight polls following the most recent GOP primary election debate show Khal Drogo taking a clear lead for the first time in the race.
The leading Gallup poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus three percent, gives Drogo a six point lead over his main challenger Tywin Lannister, Lord of Casterly Rock, Shield of Lannisport and Warden of the West.
"The current numbers demonstrate without a question of doubt that Drogo can ride," said MSNBC commentator Rachel Maddow. "It is now, we can all agree, known."
Drogo has been attracting independent voters who appreciate the efforts of his wife, Daenerys, against racial discrimination and poor working conditions and in support of women's rights.
"The women of Wal-Mart will no longer be slaves under my administration," Drogo said during the debate. "They will no longer be raped by their corporate overlords and the Lamb Men."
Lannister dismissed the overnight poll numbers as an insignificant bump early on in what is expected to be a long fight before the nominating convention.
"My campaign is far more well financed than that of my opponents," Lannister said. "My bannermen have not wavered in their support for me and I am attracting new bannermen every day."
Despite his confident statements, there was a shakeup at Lannister campaign headquarters - with the candidate replacing his former campaign manager, his son Jaimie, with his disabled son, Tyrion.
"At this point in time Jamie has decided to take some time off to work on his autobiography "Kingslayer", the campaign said in a prepared statement.
Rick Perry, joining the debates for the first time this campaign season, said he expected his numbers to grow as the general public became more familiar with his political platform.
"The American people will eventually understand that Lannister's way will just create more long term debt for our children and grandchildren to deal with," Perry said. "Drogo has yet to produce his birth certificate and Daenerys is far too left of center for the average American voter. We don't need another Hillary Clinton sharing a bed with the leader of the free world."
Perry also invited journalists to meet with him at his Texas ranch so that he can demonstrate that he can ride.