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Bachmann soars in New Hampshire poll

It’s not just Iowa. Michele Bachmann poll numbers are surging in New Hampshire, too, says a new poll there.
The poll by American Research Group shows Bachmann in second with 12 percent, behind only Mitt Romney’s 29 percent.

It’s not just Iowa. Michele Bachmann poll numbers are surging in New Hampshire, too, says a new poll there.

The poll by American Research Group shows Bachmann in second with 12 percent, behind only Mitt Romney’s 29 percent. More importantly, Bachmann has jumped 11 points since a previous poll in April, when she had only 1 percent. Romney had 32 percent in the earlier poll.

Tim Pawlenty had 5 percent in the new poll, up from 2 percent in April.

Bachmann’s surge gets the headline in an item on the poll in The Hill, which notes:

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The arc of the past month is clear. Michele Bachmann is the first genuine ’12 contender to surge. In April, she scored 1% in New Hampshire. Now she’s at 12%. She could flame out, but that 12% means something significant for July 14, 2011. It’s a 12% that everyone is noticing; therefore, it matters.

And, of course, it leads to more speculation on an ultimate Republican ticket:

You know what this means? That Romney/Bachmann ticket talk will amp up.