Bachmann moves way up in Florida poll

A PPP poll in Florida released today shows Mitt Romney still reigns in the Republican presidential race, but Michele Bachmann is on the rise, tied with Sarah Palin for second.

The poll of Republican primary voters in Florida show:

  • Romney, 27% 
  • Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, 17%
  • Herman Cain, 10% 
  • Newt Gingrich, 8%
  • Ron Paul, 7%
  • Tim Pawlenty, 4%
  • Jon Huntsman, 2%

The good news for Pawlenty: he’s not last. The bad news: Huntsman hadn’t entered the race yet when the poll was taken.

The pollsters note that Bachmann’s rise is big news:

Beyond Romney’s continued strength the big stories here are the rise of Michele Bachmann and the collapse of Newt Gingrich. Bachmann’s 17% standing represents a 10 point gain from PPP’s last Florida poll in late March, when she stood at only 7%. Her strength comes from leading the field with ‘very conservative’ voters at 21%, followed by Palin at 20%, and Romney at 18%.

 The poll says that if you take Palin out of the race in the Florida poll, Bachmann looks good:

… the overall standings in a Palin less field [are] 29% for Romney, 22% for Bachmann, 14% for Cain, and 10% for Gingrich.

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