Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A snapshot at the Republican Presidential campaign

The campaign for the Republican Presidential nomination is now in full swing, with the first contests now less than four months away.  The field changed dramatically after the Ames Straw Poll.  After a strong win by Michelle Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty, former Governor of Minnesota, dropped out of the race.  However, on the same day, Bachmann found herself crowded out of the news by Rick Perry's entry into the race.  Perry has since stormed to the front of the Republican field.

Here's a quick look at where recent polls have placed the Republican candidates for President.


Politico (8/28 - 9/1)

Rick Perry:  36%
Mitt Romney:  17%
Michele Bachmann:  10%

Ron Paul:  10%
Rick Santorum:  5%
Herman Cain: 4%
Newt Gingrich:  3%
Jon Huntsman:  1%




FoxNews (8/29 - 8/31)
Rick Perry:  26%
Mitt Romney:  18%
Sarah Palin:  8%
Ron Paul:  7%
Michele Bachmann:  4%
Rudy Guliani:  4%
Herman Cain: 4%
Newt Gingrich:  3%
Rick Santorum:  3%
John Huntsman:  1%
Gary Johnson:  1%
Buddy Roemer:  1%

NBC News/Wall Street Journal (8/27-8/31)

Rick Perry:  38%
Mitt Romney:  23%
Ron Paul:  9%
Michele Bachmann:  8%
Herman Cain: 5%
Newt Gingrich:  5%
Rick Santorum:  3%
John Huntsman:  2%

Quinnipiac (8/31)

Rick Perry:  24%
Mitt Romney:  18%
Sarah Palin:  11%
Michele Bachmann:  10%
Ron Paul:  9%
Herman Cain: 5%
Newt Gingrich:  3%
Thaddeus McCotter:  1%
Rick Santorum:  1%
John Huntsman:  1%

The polls all vary in methodology and candidate inclusion, but a relatively consistent picture can be drawn here: Rick Perry is certainly the new Republican frontrunner, with Mitt Romney in 2nd.  Michelle Bachmann and Ron Paul are roughly tied for third, and the rest of the pack is trailing significantly behind.


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