A new poll of Iowa Republicans shows that former Gov. Tim Pawlenty and GOP Rep. Michel Bachmann are polling in the single digits.
The poll shows former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in the lead followed by Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts. Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich round out the top four.
Pawlenty is fifth in the poll at 4 percent. Bachmann polled at two percent but her name wasn’t included in the full poll.
Both Pawlenty and Bachmann have reason to be hopeful. The pollster for Grassroots Solutions says Indiana Congressman Mike Pence and Pawlenty have “made a positive impression on the state:
“With Pence heavily rumored to be considering a run for Indiana Governor, Pawlenty is the man to watch here and could be a sleeper.”
The pollster also said Bachmann could be the “wildcard” in the race:
“Bachmann could be dangerous if she is serious about the campaign and is taken seriously as a candidate (her support seemed to come from Huckabee in particular and also Palin, but these are small numbers and it’s difficult to draw a conclusion).”
More than half of those polled also recognize Pawlenty and Bachmann. The poll found that Pawlenty’s name ID was 64 percent. Bachmann’s name ID was 60 percent.
Both Bachmann and Pawlenty will make visits to Iowa this month. Bachmann will speak to the Iowans for Tax Relief PAC on January 21st.
Pawlenty will sign his book in Ankeny and Des Moines on January 30th and 31st.