Michele Bachmann e-mails me (and everyone else on her campaign e-mail list):
Dear Fellow Conservative,
As one of my most loyal supporters I wanted you to be the first to know this exciting news. In a We Ask America poll just released today, our campaign is only four points behind Ron Paul for first place in Iowa!
We are in a statistical dead heat for the Iowa caucuses and I need your immediate support to push my campaign over the top!
I know with your support and prayers our campaign can prove victorious in January. Iowa is where Barack Obama’s campaign began and it is where it will end- when our campaign wins the first-in-the-nation caucuses!
Maybe “We Ask America” is ahead of the curve, but other recent polls have shown Bachmann nowhere near a “statistical dead heat”.
Rasmussen has her at 6 percent; their frontrunner is Romney at 25 percent.
Insider Advantage has her at 10.1 percent; their frontrunner is Ron Paul at 23.9 percent.
Public Policy Polling has her at 10 percent; their frontrunner is Paul at 23 percent.
Iowa State University/Gazette/KCRG has her at 7.4 percent; their frontrunner is Ron Paul at 27.5 percent.
The first three polls were conducted at the beginning of the week; the KCRG one was conducted over ten days with a fairly small sample. So perhaps Bachmann really is starting to climb.
However, her “statistical dead heat” still has her in fourth place in the We Ask America results. She’s at 15 percent, Gingrich is at 16 percent, Romney is at 18 percent and Paul is at 19 percent.
I guess for those trailing, beggars can’t be choosers when it comes to good news.