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Mitt Romney still Republican frontrunner

by Adam Russett on July 21, 2011

A new poll reveals that, despite Michele Bachmann's strong showing in Iowa, Mitt Romney remains the favored candidate. The findings by The Washington Post and ABC News revealed that Romney has clinched 30 percent of Republican support for his campaign. 

Bachmann came in second place, with 15 percent of the vote. Rick Perry and Ron Paul followed. This is bad news for candidates like former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, who has done everything he can to stay in the race and has little to show for his efforts.

In fact, it seems that he has become so desperate that he has already resorted to attacking fellow candidates. Recently, he struck at Bachmann, who had previously mentioned that she occasionally suffered from severe migraines.

"Setting all that aside, all of the candidates, I think, are going to have to be able to demonstrate they can do all of the job all of the time," he explained to reporters, according to The State Column. He backed away from the jab within a matter of days. "I think [the headache issue is] mostly a sideshow," Pawlenty told Fox News. "I've observed Congresswoman Bachmann. I've never seen her have a medical condition or impairment that would seem to be a concern."

This isn't the first time Pawlenty has attempted to strike and recoil in record time. Previously, he criticized Romney's endorsement of the Massachusetts universal healthcare system, but later distanced himself from the remarks.

One wonders if the tactics are simply meant to draw more of the media spotlight onto himself. So far, it seems that Bachmann has drawn the most attention. Romney quietly plods on, while Newt Gingrich has fallen far into the background.  

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