Republicans want Bachmann to run for Senate, Pawlenty for President

Public Policy Polling released a poll today that asked Republicans in Minnesota about two key contests in 2012.

The poll found that 36% of those polled want GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann to challenge DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar in 2012. That’s higher than Gov. Tim Pawlenty (20%), former Sen. Norm Coleman (14%), GOP Rep.-elect Chip Cravaack (7%), Tom Emmer (6%), GOP Rep. John Kline (5%), outgoing GOP state Rep. Laura Brod (4%) and GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen (2%).

The poll also finds that the Republicans polled prefer Gov. Tim Pawlenty as their choice for the nominee for President in 2012.

On the Presidential front in the state Pawlenty continues to lead but with a tepid 24%. For sake of comparison Mitt Romney polled at 47% in his home state two weeks ago. Sarah Palin is second in the state at 17%, followed by Mike Huckabee with 15%, Romney with 13%, and Newt Gingrich with 11%. Leading the second tier is Ron Paul at 9%, with John Thune at 3% and Mitch Daniels at 2%.

You can read more about the poll here.

  • Question : Are Pawlenty’s numbers up, down or staying the same ?

    From my memory, didn’t Gingrich win the MN-GOP straw poll prior in 2007… and then when the caucus met in early 2008 and Gingrich wasn’t a candidate, Romney won over Pawlenty’s choice McCain …. and Ron Paul has always had a strong showing here.

    It would look to me like Pawlenty is treading water … as the Favorite Son he could win the caucuses but would that mean anything in other states ?

    That all said as long as Pawlenty has Bob Perry’s money, he is the odds on favorite to be President in 2013.