A new poll from Public Policy Polling shows Michele Bachmann (at 15 percent) in third place in Iowa, behind Rick Perry (21 percent) and Mitt Romney (18 percent).
The poll is just the latest with bad news for Bachmann, who, conventional wisdom suggests, should have seen a polling bump after her victory in the Ames Straw Poll. But the opposite appears to be true — as PPP notes, she was third in Iowa when it polled there in June, and her positives have fallen and her negatives grown.
Much of her straw poll momentum — and support — appears to be heading in Perry’ direction.
“Perry’s now winning the voters on the far right that we showed her doing really well with throughout most of June and July,” PPP writes. “The day of her win in Ames may be remembered as the peak of her campaign.”
On Twitter, PPP teases a Wednesday poll: “More evidence Bachmann has maxed out support- down 9 to Romney, 30 to Perry in national heads to heads.”
Talking Points Memo also asks if Bachmann’s support has peaked, noting two other polls that have Bachmann lagging behind Perry, nationally and in Iowa
Meanwhile, the Real Clear Politics daily average of polls has Bachmann’s support in the single digits for the first time since the end of June.
Experts had predicted Bachmann stood to lose the most with Perry’s entry into the race. At least early on, they appear to be right.
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