Rep. Michele Bachmann chats with supporters in Raymond, N.H., June 28, 2011.
Rep. Michele Bachmann chats with supporters in Raymond, N.H., June 28, 2011. Jim Cole/AP
A new poll puts Rep. Michele Bachmann in second place in New Hampshire among the field of contenders for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, the state which will hold the nation's first GOP primary next year.
The good news for Bachmann is that the Suffolk University poll indicates she jumped eight points since May to 11 percent.
But Mitt Romney, the frontrunner for the nomination, and the former governor of New Hampshire's next door neighbor Massachusetts, still is the preferred candidate of a commanding 36 percent of the Granite State Republicans surveyed.
Still, the Bachmann Bounce in New Hampshire should only help the Minnesota Republican raise money and lead to even more free media for her.
Of course, polls at this point don't necessarily mean much as Jay Cost points out at the Weekly Standard's blog.
NPR's Mara Liasson had a Morning Edition report on Bachmann's surge as she swept into New Hampshire Tuesday.
Mara had some reaction from New Hampshire voters who attended a Bachmann event. An excerpt:
In Washington, Bachmann has a reputation as a rhetorical bomb thrower. But to conservatives like Wendy Dowdy, she's a conviction politician.
"I didn't even look if I had a watch on during her speech," Dowdy says. "I mean it wasn't even a speech it was like "wow" really, wow."
Brandon Stobber is an independent who plans to vote in the Republican primary next year.
"I was not really sure if she's ready for prime time being only a three term congressperson. She was very polished; she definitely has her act together."
To Stobber, Bachmann is more appealing than the man who is running way ahead in the polls here.
"Definitely more lively than Mitt Romney and has nicer hair too," Stobber jokes.
Meanwhile, for those looking for more fact-checking of Bachmann's recent statements, Factcheck.org has a new examination. PolitiFact has an analysis of her Face the Nation appearance.