Michele Bachmann and Mitt Romney Lead in First Iowa GOP Poll

Michele Bachmann who hasn’t even officially announced her presidential campaign is already virtually tied with Mitt Romney in the 2012 Iowa caucus polling season.

Michele Bachmann plans to launch her campaign in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa, on Monday. She already has support from 22 percent according to the results of the poll which was conducted for The Des Moines Register. Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

According to the results of the poll which was conducted for The Des Moines Register, Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, is support by 23 percent in Iowa. Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota representative who plans to launch her campaign in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa, on Monday, has support from 22 percent.

The Des Moines Register poll has in the past been an accurate barometer of support in the key state, and it often sets a benchmark for candidate momentum as the race takes shape. This is the first Iowa poll for the upcoming election. The results are based on telephone interviews with 400 likely Republican Iowa caucus-goers from June 19 to 22. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.

If to speak about other candidates former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain is running in third in the Hawkeye State at 10 percent, according to the survey.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul had 7 percent each; former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, 6 percent; former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, 4 percent; and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, 2 percent.

Romney has consistently been the early front-runner in national polls for the 2012 Republican nomination but he has said he would not participate in the informal Iowa straw poll held in August. He had a disappointing second-place finish in the 2008 Iowa caucuses despite pouring resources into the race.

Bachmann, a three-term congresswoman, is supported by many tea party members. But her delay in announcing her official entry had left political players in Iowa wondering she had the commitment to build the kind of campaign that has led past winners of the Iowa caucuses to success.

Bachmann has visited Iowa four times this year and hired two senior caucus staffers, although neither have extensive campaign experience. She also has landed Republican strategist Ed Rollins, a senior adviser to 2008 caucus winner Mike Huckabee.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has not indicated her decision about a 2012 race. Too much delay this summer could make her decision irrelevant. The poll reported no numbers for Palin. [via MSN, Los Angeles Times, Huffpost and Fox 4]

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