Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has had a bad week in the press, both with her embracing of an anti-gay “family” group with an overtly racist message, and the discovery that her husband’s clinic, which is supported by federal funds, practices “gay to straight” therapy in an attempt to “cure” homosexuality.
Yet despite all of this, Bachmann is showing clearly that she is the only candidate currently in the race who can challenge front runner Mitt Romney.
According to the most recent Quinnipiac polling, Bachmann is now trailing Romney by just 11 points nationally, 25 to 14. This not only puts her firmly in second place, but puts her far ahead of any other declared Republican challenger, with Herman Cain and Ron Paul coming in at 6 and 5 percent respectively. Bachmann’s support has more than doubled since the last poll on June 8th.
“The question about Rep. Bachmann is whether she is the flavor of the month, like Donald Trump was for a while, or does she have staying power?” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Perhaps more than any of the other GOP contenders, Bachmann’s fortunes may depend on whether Governors Palin or Perry get into the race. All three of them are likely to appeal to the GOP’s Tea Party constituency.”
President Barack Obama is leading each GOP hopeful in a head to head matchup, beating Romney 47 to 41, and beating Bachmann 50 to 38.