Skip to comments.TIR Poll: Bachmann Overtakes Romney in Iowa
Posted on 07/11/2011 6:02:56 AM PDT by Hojczyk
Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has surpassed former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in a recent Iowa poll that was conducted by TheIowaRepublican.com. With Bachmann now leading in Iowa, Romney has fallen to second place, but he is still well ahead of third place finisher Tim Pawlenty, who has overtaken Herman Cain my a miniscule margin.
Bachmann received support from 25 percent of likely Iowa caucus goers in the poll, while Romney is backed by 21 percent. The poll also shows signs of growth for former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, who now stands in third place in statistical tie with Herman Cain at just under nine percent. Ron Paul finished with six percent, Newt Gingrich with four percent, Rick Santorum with two percent, and Jon Huntsman rounded out the field with one percent.
The poll clearly indicates that Bachmann has hit a chord with Iowans. Her campaign has enjoyed a tremendous amount of media coverage since she stepped foot on the debate stage in New Hampshire just over three weeks ago. As the clear Iowa frontrunner, Bachmann must now cement her position at the front of the pack by winning the Ames Straw Poll next month.
With Romney not participating in the straw poll, Bachmanns lead over the rest of the field is substantial as she is ahead of Pawlenty and Cain by 16 points. She has also raised her expectations by embracing her Iowa roots. Not only is Bachmann the Iowa frontrunner, but she has constantly reminded Iowans that shes one of them at every campaign stop. While it didnt take her long to shoot to the top of the polls, winning in Ames and later in the caucuses themselves requires a massive ground game. If she has one area of weakness, that would be it.
She’ll do very well across the midwest.
Perry needs to announce before Bachmann gets to strong.
born April 6, 1956 in Waterloo, IA (Meets the Jus Soli Requirement)
David John Amble, born in MN
Jean Johnson, born in IA
Both parents were US Citizens at the time of her birth (Meets the Jus sanguinis Requirement)
Michele Bachmann is a NATURAL BORN CITIZEN
Barry Soetoro aka Barack Hussein Obama ISN'T!
I don’t think the field is set just yet. There still are the PPs making noise about running and if one gets in then it will change the dynamics greatly I believe. If one of the PPs doesn’t get in then we have a weak field, imo.
I suggest anti-Bachmann FReepers converge on Iowa and try harder than ever to destroy her, this time in person instead of online. /sarc
To you, who know who you are, you know you’ll never be happy until she’s destroyed, so get with it.
look for the inside-the-beltway slime machine to really gear-up and go after her now
And the South, and the West, and parts of the East. Look for her to make a run at Romney even in Romney’s backyard NH. Romney does not know it yet, but he is no longer the favorite to get the GOP nod.
I look for Bachmann to become the surprise first woman President. Every time the lib media look to deflate her, she will get bigger.
but he is no longer the favorite to get the GOP nod.
He never was. He was the medias choice.
I am still waiting for Fred to get up from his 4 year long slumber and start running. Does his wife still look hot?
Is Cain putting in a lot of effort there? It seems the almost universal response to hearing Cain is surprise and admiration. Seems to me he has a lot of upside room yet.
I've concluded both of them are turkeys and would be the gift of reelection to Obama.
Fred Thompson? lol.. you know he is hawking reverse mortgages now.
Cain has put a lot of time and resource into Iowa (despite rumors otherwise), he is opening his Iowa campaign HQ there today and his new staff are getting the job done. They will be outstanding.
Why? Bachman is a better conservative than “Tex” Perry, the lying open borders, TTC loving, overspending, Gardasil pushing, gross revenues tax imposing, sodomite “hate crimes” bill signing wonder boy.
I’ll support Perry if I have to - and I suspect he will be the nominee - but I’m not going to pretend that he going to be a whole lot better than McCain (well, his hair is a lot better).
 She engaged Ed Rollins as her campaign manager, a per se sign that she did so without thoroughly vetting Rollins, who can best be described as a loopy legend in his own mind, with all kinds of baggage, BTW. Query, why couldn't she have done better?
 She has no money and lacks the star power to raise it any time soon.
[3} She is getting far too much positive attention from the mainslime media - a sure sign of un-electability for any conservative candidate. What do they see that has not been brought to light?
 She has no executive experience, zero, zip, nada. This matters, people.
 She is not Sarah Palin. In her wildest dreams, Bachmann cannot pull in the independents, the unions, the single moms, the military families, in Sarah Palin's numbers within those crucial groups. In order to save the country, winning the White House with narrow margins in the congress will not suffice. We must also win the House and the Senate with working conservative majorities. This will require a tsunami and only Sarah Palin has the demonstrated vision, power and the skill to win by tsunami. Vision and skill underscored and case closed.
Mail. Some here would be offended by my honest assessments.
Fixed it for you.
Mr. and Mrs. Bachmann are evangelical activists. (Not a slam just a fact). Mr. and Mrs. Bachmann have what some would call a primitive view of the marital relationship. (Again, not a slam, just fact). Public statements and religious proclivities taken to their natural conclusion points to a person who could (at the spiritual head of the family's insistence) use the government to pursue and achieve certain social/religious goals.
As soon as this dynamic becomes part of the national political discussion her national fund raising will dry up and her support will drop like a rock.
This is the arrow the MSM is keeping hidden in the quiver. She will be lampooned to the point that her political career could be over. If she happened to be at the top of the ticket when it is shot, she takes the whole party down with her.
What a load of crap. Bachmann has spent most of her time on national shows speaking out against the debt and trying to push for economic policies.
You can't even make a coherent argument anymore.
Another idiotic argument. Bachmann was one of the top fundraisers in the House:
Michele Bachmann: If money follows momentum and it does then the congresswoman from Minnesota will be sitting pretty when all the cash is counted. Bachmann had a standout debate performance this month in New Hampshire, and a Des Moines Register poll released over the weekend showed her in a statistical tie with Romney in Iowa. Bachmann is no stranger to raising big sums: She collected more than $13 million for her 2010 House campaign.
That is a good thing in many ways for Bachmann. She doesn't have the stigma as having quit office. She never has appeared in reality shows for money with Kate Gosselin and her eight kids. Her numbers with independents are better and unfavorables are far lower than Palin.
It's time to stop pretending Palin doesn't have just as high, if not higher, hurdles to overcome than Bachmann.
Your candidate is a kook. The hurdles don’t come any higher than that.
Bachmann is a small gov’t conservative, and would likely cut the headcount of gov bean counters employed by the federal gov’t.
Your fear is understandable, your debate points are not.
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