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From our Pol­i­tics-as-Sports Desk: A new Zogby poll of 1,024 likely Repub­li­can pri­mary vot­ers re­veals Rep. Michele Bach­mann leads a 10-can­di­date field of 2012 pres­i­den­tial hope­fuls, garner­ing 34 per­cent of the votes if the elec­tion “were held to­day.” Her­man Cain is in sec­ond place with 15 per­cent, Mitt Rom­ney fol­lows with 14 per­cent. The poll was con­ducted June 28 to 30.

But wait. All’s not rosy for Mrs. Bach­mann when hand­i­cap­pers get rolling in a sta­tis­ti­cally driven world.

“She trails both Rick Perry and Chris Christie when both gov­er­nors and Sarah Palin are in­cluded in a hy­po­thet­i­cal pref­er­ence poll of Repub­li­can pri­mary vot­ers,” says Zogby an­a­lyst Corry Schier­meyer.

Mr. Christie, Mr. Rom­ney, Mrs. Bach­mann and Tim Paw­lenty are each in a sta­tis­ti­cal tie with Pres­i­dent Obama when they are matched up against him. All other GOP con­tenders trail the pres­i­dent, the an­a­lyst says. See all the mov­ing parts of this com­plex poll at


A 10-foot bronze statue of Ron­ald Rea­gan un­veiled on the Four th of July in Lon­don could give the GOP hope­fuls a run for their money.

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