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CNN says Bachmann has tough row to hoe in Iowa

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann eked out a narrow win in the Ames Straw Poll last month, but the road ahead in Iowa won’t be easy for her.

CNN says today that Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s entrance into the race has complicated things:

Perry’s entrance and impressive surge to the front of the polls, both nationally and in Iowa, have unquestionably altered the political terrain for Bachmann.

Her path forward may become even more daunting in the coming weeks if another prominent conservative, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, decides to join the race.

And former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney could also shake up the Iowa race if he decides to step up his campaign efforts here in order to blunt Perry’s momentum.

Besides Perry, the story says:

Bachmann is also fighting the troubling storyline, already gaining traction within the Iowa political class, that she has difficulty functioning outside a tightly controlled bubble of advisers and aggressive security personnel.

But her Iowa campaign chairman, state Sen. Kent Sorenson, said she’s doing just fine:

“This idea that she is a diva is absurd. She stays there after every event. She shakes everybody’s hands. She will answer questions one-on-one for any voter who approaches. People who are trying to paint her as being in a bubble are absurd.”

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