Romney Leads But Bachmann Surges

Jul 13, 2011 12:52pm

ABC News' Russell Goldman reports:

Michele Bachmann isn’t just making a name for herself in Iowa, she has surged to second place nationally, according to a new poll released today.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney still has a healthy lead at the front of the Republican pack, earning the support of 25 percent of potential GOP voters, according to a new Quinnipiac Poll. Bachmann, who just weeks ago was at 6 percent in the polls, has more than doubled her support, with 14 percent support.

The poll suggests voters are looking for a more conservative option to Romney – with a name they recognize.

In third and fourth place are two contenders, who are not yet even candidates. Sarah Palin in third place, but statistically tied with Bachmann, took 12 percent of the vote. Texas Gov. Rick Perry took 10 percent.

The rest of the GOP field tarries in the single digits – Herman Cain, 6 percent;  Ron Paul, 5 percent;  Newt Gingrich , 5 percent; Tim Pawlenty, 3 percent;  Jon Huntsman, 1 percent; and Rick Santorum, 1 percent.

No matter the candidate, however, President Obama would beat them all, according to the poll. Obama would potentially win in a head-to-head with Romney, 47-41, and thrash Bachmann 50-38.

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