Romney has double digit lead in Florida, poll says, but Bachmann rising
Mitt Romney has a double digit lead for the Republican presidential nomination in Florida, according to a new PPP survey. But Michele Bachmann is gaining momentum.
Romney gets 27 percent to Sarah Palin's 17 percent and Bachmann's 10 percent, which matches the support for Herman Cain. It's very early but the poll shows the hard work Tim Pawlenty and Jon Huntsman have ahead. Pawlenty polls at 4 percent; Huntsman at 2 percent.
Huntsman is campaigning in Florida today and will base his overall campaign in Orlando.
Romney's Florida lead is built on a familiar formula. He's not winning with the far right voters who constitute a plurality of the Republican electorate, but he's at least staying competitive with them. Meanwhile he's dominating the field with moderates (a 36-15 lead over Palin) and with voters who identify themselves as just 'somewhat conservative' (a 32-15 advantage over Bachmann.)
If you take Palin out of the mix, Bachmann picks up 37% of her supporters to 20% for Romney, 14% for Cain, and 13% for Gingrich. That leaves the overall standings in a Palin less field at 29% for Romney, 22% for Bachmann, 14% for Cain, and 10% for Gingrich.