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Poll: Bachmann Expands Lead in Iowa

Poll: Bachmann Expands Lead in Iowa

By Kyle Adams - July 13, 2011


Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann has opened up a double-digit lead over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in Iowa, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

The survey from Magellan Strategies (R) shows Bachmann leading Romney by 13 points, 29 percent to 16 percent, among likely Iowa Republican caucus attendees. This poll comes on the heels of a poll released last week by TheIowaRepublican.com that showed Bachmann pulling ahead of Romney, the nominal national front-runner, in Iowa for the first time. She led, 25-21, in that poll.

Bachmann launched her campaign in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa, on June 27, and since then has enjoyed a rapid rise in both the nation's first caucus state as well as nationally. A national Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday put her in second place, 11 points behind Romney.

While Romney has downplayed Iowa, announcing that he won't participate in the Aug. 13 Ames Straw Poll, Bachmann's rise has challenged the candidacy of former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who has banked his campaign on a strong showing in the Hawkeye State.

Last Sunday on "Meet the Press," he hit Bachmann directly, arguing that her "record of accomplishment in Congress is non-existent." Still, Pawlenty continues to struggle to gain traction. He sits at 8 percent in the Magellan poll, tied with Herman Cain. Texas Rep. Ron Paul and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich are tied at 5 percent, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum finishes last with 3 percent.

The Magellan poll comes on the same day that President Obama announced that his campaign and the Democratic National Committee raised $86 million for the second quarter. Though he is far behind the president, Romney is currently lapping the Republican field in fundraising. He raised $18.25 million over the past three months. Paul finished second in the quarter with $4.5 million. Bachmann has yet to release fundraising numbers for the quarter.

Kyle Adams can be reached at kadams@realclearpolitics.com.

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