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First Post-Huckabee Iowa Poll Shows Cain And Bachmann Big Winners


MAXWELL, Iowa - Herman Cain and Michele Bachman appear to be the big winners following the decisions by Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump to not enter the presidential race, according to a new poll of Iowa conservatives. Meanwhile, last week's presidential announcements by Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich did not resonate with Iowa conservatives.

The poll, conducted by the 2012 Iowa Report, exclusively surveyed Iowa conservatives through May 17. Cain received a 6% bump from last week's poll with 29.8% of Iowa conservatives giving the former Godfather's Pizza executive their support. Meanwhile, Bachmann received a 7% boost to claim second place at 14.2%. The top vote getters after Cain and Bachmann were: Ron Paul (10%), Newt Gingrich (8.6%), Tim Pawlenty (8.2%), Sarah Palin (7.5%) and Mit Romney (7.2%). It is notable that Paul (plus 1%) and Gingrich (minus 1%) did not receive a significant bump in the week they announced their campaigns.

Among likely caucus goers, Cain's support among Iowa conservatives expands to 34.1%, nearly tripling Bachmann's 12.9% support. Still, Iowa conservatives remain uncertain about the G.O.P. race with nearly one-third saying they are "not sure" who will ultimately win.

The 2012 Iowa Report Poll, a project of Grassfire Nation, is a special survey of Iowa conservatives conducted weekly to help measure where Iowa conservatives stand on the 2012 Republican presidential field. Go here to access full poll results.
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