Iowa: Bachmann One Point Behind Romney

Katie Pavlich

6/26/2011 8:40:00 AM - Katie Pavlich

Things in Iowa are starting to get interesting. Rep. Michele Bachmann's campaign has gained significantly this week after her impressive performance at the CNN debate, and lands her just one point behind front-runner Mitt Romney in the Des Moines Register Poll:

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, led the poll of likely caucus-goers with 23 percent, followed by 22 percent support for Bachmann, who is from neighboring Minnesota and a favorite of fiscal conservatives and the Tea Party.

The Des Moines Register poll has in the past been an accurate barometer of support in the key state, and it often sets a benchmark for candidate momentum as the race takes shape. This is the first Iowa poll for the upcoming election.

The poll of 400 likely Republican caucus-goers by pollster Selzer & Co was conducted June 19 to 22 and had a margin of error of 4.9 percentage points.