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NBC/WSJ Poll: Bachmann Surges to 2nd Place in ‘12 GOP Field


Bachmann head hunting (MSNBC “The Ed Show,” July 20, 2011) — Ed Schultz, Bob Shrum, and Ron Christie debate the latest Michele Bachmann headlines. Meanwhile Tim Pawlenty walks back earlier assertions that Bachmann is not fit for the Presidency. (06:15)

By Mark Murray

First Read
July 19, 2011

In the race for the Republican presidential nomination, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney [link added] remains the national leader with 30 percent of GOP primary voters saying he’s their first choice, according to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.

But Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann [link added] has surged into second place with support from 16 percent of GOP primary voters. A month ago — before she announced her presidential bid — Bachmann was just at 3 percent in the survey.

(In the current poll’s crosstabs, Romney narrowly leads Bachmann among Tea Party supporters, 24 to 20 percent, while Bachmann is ahead among Republican primary voters who identify themselves as very conservative, 24 to 22 percent.)

In the GOP trial heat, Romney and Bachmann are followed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry (who hasn’t yet decided on a presidential run) at 11 percent, Texas Congressman Ron Paul [link added] at 9 percent and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 8 percent.

Behind them are ex-Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain at 5 percent, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum at 3 percent and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty [link added] and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman tied at 2 percent. …

Read the full NBC/Wall Street Journal poll (PDF)


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Left, from top to bottom: Mitt Romney, Haley Barbour and Rick Santorum are pictured. Center: A Tea party rally in Washington. Right, from top to bottom: Michele Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty and Newt Gingrich are pictured. | AP Photos
Left, from top to bottom: Mitt Romney, Haley Barbour, Rick Santorum. Center: A Tea Party rally in Washington. Right, from top to bottom: Michele Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich. (Photo credit: AP via Politico)

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The Real Trouble with Bachmann

One year ago today, I reported that the St. Cloud Times — the largest newspaper in Rep. Michele Bachmann’s congressional district — had a letter to the editor in which the letter writer offered a broad-ranging indictment of Bachmann, in which the congresswoman was characterized as self-centered, unresponsive to the needs of her district, meager in her legislative accomplishments, and shirking the hard work of effective governance. I noted, however, that it was not until the end of the letter that the writer touched on the real problem with Bachmann: her delusion-like paranoia, her shameless conspiracy-peddling, and her incessant fear-mongering.


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War Comes Home to Minnesota

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Campaign Against Michele Bachmann: Day Seven

Three years ago today, on July 21, 2008 — the seventh day of my 2008 campaign against incumbent U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann for the Republican nomination in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District — I worked on my position statement regard national security and studied a local controversy regarding illegal immigration.

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