Bachmann surges into second place

In the first poll taken following the Republican debate in New Hampshire, Michele Bachmann has taken over second place with a strong showing of 19% among likely Republican primary voters.  Romney further tightened his grip on first place with 33% of those polled.  The other candidates who participated in the debate neither gained nor lost support.  This poll is bad news for Tim Pawlenty, who is tied with Rick Santorum for sixth place behind Cain (10%), Gingrich (9%), and Ron Paul (7%), with only 6% support.  Of the announced candidates, only Jon Huntsman, who did not participate in the debate, did worse with 2%.  Neither Sarah Palin nor Rudy Giuliani were included in this poll, which was conducted by Rasmussen on June 14.  The poll confirms what commentators have been saying:  that Michele Bachmann made a strong showing in the debate and had emerged as a credible challenger to Romney for the Republican nomination.

For complete results, here’s the link:  http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2012/election_2012_presidential_election/romney_bachmann_cain_lead_the_pack_among_gop_primary_voters