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 www.zogby.com.
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.