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Opinion: Sarah Palin, Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann gain Iowa momentum, says new poll

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Sarah Palin, Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann are surging in Iowa, according to a recent American Research Group poll of Republican voters.

Rep. Bachmann (R-Minn.) received 21% of the nods from the poll of 600 likely Republican caucus voters, followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who came in second with 18%. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), who Wednesday said he wasn’t ‘cut out to be in politics,’ came in a respectable third place with 14%.

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But Palin’s results were impressive. In April a similar poll found her receiving only 4%, but now a similar group of Iowans put her in fourth place in the most recent results with 11%. Not bad for someone who hasn’t even officially tossed her hat into the ring.

In April Bachman received only 9%, while Paul had only garnered 3% support. In just a few short months they find themselves in good positions.

The losers in poll have got to be businessman Herman Cain and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, each who received just 2% support from those polled. What’s worse is both men tied with gentlemen who haven’t even officially announced their candidacy: former mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and Texas governor Rick Perry.

The poll was conducted between July 5 and Monday, and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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