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.
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."