U.S. Rep Michele Bachmann got some good news Saturday night, days before kicking off her presidential campaign in Iowa.
Bachmann placed second, just behind Mitt Romney, in the first Des Moines Register poll of the campaign. Twenty two percent of likely GOP caucus-goers said they favored Bachmann, while 23 percent supported Romney.
Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, meanwhile, clocked in at just 6 percent. As one political analyst told the Register:
“If I were the Pawlenty camp, I would be enormously concerned about this poll,” said Jennifer Duffy of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.
Expect to hear these results repeated tomorrow morning when Bachmann makes the rounds on morning talk shows. She will then host a "Welcome Back to Waterloo" event on Sunday night in Waterloo, IA.
Hundreds of people are crowding into the gym at Patrick Henry High School in north Minneapolis, some wearing t-shirts for Bernie Sanders and others still undecided about whether to support the Democratic presidential candidate set to take the stage soon.
Senate Republicans and their staff will be locked out of a Capitol parking ramp starting Saturday, the latest flash point between the GOP caucus and Senate Democrats who have traded jabs over the new Minnesota Senate Building.