A new poll puts sixth-district congresswoman Michele Bachmann near the bottom of the pack of current Republican presidential contenders.
The latest national survey by Quinnipiac University puts Bachmann in seventh place among the candidates, with 3 percent support among likely Republican voters. This effectively ties her with Rick Santorum. In the words of the Star Tribune, the poll results add to the growing evidence that Bachmann "has effectively become an also-ran in the Republican presidential primary."
There's a lot of volatility in the GOP race, however, and Bachmann has generally polled better in Iowa, which has been the main focus of her campaign so far. On Tuesday, Bachmann said she still holds a "distinct advantage" in that critical early caucus state.
New York Magazine says Bachmann's decision to cancel a public speech in Grinnell, Iowa, after a group of college students showed up to protest the event doesn't make her campaign look any stronger. (Bonus: Yesterday, Bachmann Beat reader "Renee" pointed out this YouTube video from the local student newspaper documenting the incident.)
Other Bachmann news:
- Bachmann spoke out against abortion and touted her "pro-life" credentials during a campaign stop in Iowa on Tuesday.
- CNN reports that Bachmann "flubbed an important fact" on Monday by once again repeating a claim made by someone else that turned out not to be true — in this case, regarding which states are running budget surpluses.
- A religious scholar writes in the British newspaper The Guardian that Bachmann belongs to a segment of the Christian right trapped in an alternative "parallel culture" with its own standards of "Christianized" truth.
- Bachmann is joining several other GOP candidates in boycotting a planned debate on the Spanish-language network Univision over a controversy involving Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).
Finally, Bachmann reacted to the news that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will not run for president by posting her regards on Twitter.