Tim Pawlenty is in last place in Michigan, according to a new poll, making him the first serious presidential candidate to poll behind little-known hopeful Thaddeus McCotter.
According to Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning agency known for its accuracy, Pawlenty is at 4 percent in Michigan, a percentage point behind McCotter, a U.S. Representative for the state’s 11th Congressional District. McCotter joined the presidential race on July 2 as a long-shot candidate.
The poll is bad news for both candidates, as PPP notes:
“The biggest loser on the poll is a toss up between McCotter and Pawlenty. For McCotter it’s pretty bad news to be polling at only 5 percent in his home state and beyond that 61 percent of primary voters don’t even know who he is. But for Pawlenty it’s another last place finish and beyond that he gets the dubious distinction of being the first serious candidate to poll behind Thad McCotter anywhere.”
At the top of the poll, national front-runner Mitt Romney (who father was the state’s governor for much of the 1960s) leads Michele Bachmann by 6 points.