The fallout from the weekend is starting to be better understood as new polls come in showing placement of the Republican candidates among key primary and battleground states. As winner of the Iowa straw poll, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann should have gotten a bump in new polling, but the declaration of candidacy of Texas Governor Rick Perry the same weekend seems to have not only buffered much gain, but suppressed some of her support.
In July, Bachmann had a solid second place showing in the New Hampshire polling, coming in at 12 percent to frontrunner Mitt Romney’s 35. But the recent polling from the state now has Romney at 36 percent and Perry at 18 percent, with Bachmann dropping to 4th place with 10 percent, putting her now behind Texas Congressman Ron Paul. Bachmann and Perry are tied at 20 percent each in Wisconsin, with Romney coming in at third with only 13 percent. And in even worse news for Bachmann, Perry is now leading in Iowa, 29 percent to 17 percent.
The lack of a bump and the Perry erosion is no doubt painful to the Bachmann campaign, as all Republican candidates are no doubt giddy over new numbers released showing that 71 percent of Americans disapprove of the way President Barack Obama is handling the economy. What looked like a long shot for a Republican this cycle is starting to become more in reach every day.
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