The new Public Policy Polling (D) numbers for the Florida Republican presidential race show Mitt Romney continuing to lead the pack — and Michele Bachmann making an early splash in the race, with a strong second-place showing after her strong debate performance last week.
The numbers: Romney 27%, Bachmann 17%, Palin 17%, Cain 10%, Gingrich 8%, Paul 7%, Pawlenty 4% and Huntsman 2%.
But it’s unclear whether Palin will run; with her removed from the equation in a follow-up question, here’s the breakdown: Romney 29%, Bachmann 22%, Cain 14%, Gingrich 10%, Paul 8%, Pawlenty 6%, Huntsman 2%.
The survey of Republican primary voters was conducted from June 16-19, and has a ±5.1% margin of error.
A comparison with previous data shows an enormous rise for Bachmann, and a sharp decline for Gingrich. Herman Cain also enters the picture as a potentially serious contender.
In the previous PPP survey, from late March, Romney was in a three-way tie with Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee (who has since announced that he is not running) with 18% each, followed by Palin at 15%. Bachmann had only 7%, with Pawlenty and Paul at 6% each, and Haley Barbour (also out of the race since then) with 3%. Cain and Huntsman were not included in the poll.