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Posted November 15, 2011
What’s Ahead Nov. 15: Bachmann would be first voted off the island

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., talks to one of the moderators during a break in a Republican presidential debate at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)


If the 2012 presidential nomination contest were a television reality show, Michele Bachmann would be the first candidate voted off.

That’s the results of a Poll Position poll of 1,200 voters nationwide. Bachmann was the winner — or actually the loser — with 24 percent of respondents choosing her as the first to go.

Ironically, the Minnesota congresswoman has not campaign events scheduled today.

However, her calendar is full Wednesday and she’ll be in Eastern Iowa Friday to campaign in Vinton.

According to poll results, Herman Cain would be next with 16 percent picking to have him ousted, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman would follow next with 12 percent, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich would be fourth to go with 10 percent, Texas Rep. Ron Paul and Rick Perry tied with 9 percent wanting them off, Mitt Romney was next to last to go with 5 percent.

Rick Santorum would be the contest winner with only 3 percent wanting to see him leave.

Thirteen percent did not have an opinion on the poll question.

Broken down by party, the results show Bachmann, Cain and Gingrich would be the first three voted off by Democrats.

Republicans would eliminate Huntsman, Bachman and Paul.

Men would axe Bachmann, Huntsman and Perry. An equal percentage of women made Bachmann and Cain their first choice for early exits from the race for the presidential nomination with Gingrich coming in third.

On the calendar:

Nov. 15

Newt Gingrich, noon, Sukup Manufacturing, Sheffield; 2:30 p.m. Osage Middle School, 820 Sawyer Dr., Osage; 4 p.m., North Iowa Area Community College

Rick Perry, 9:30 a.m., town hall, Schebler Manufacturing, Bettendorf

Herman Cain, 9:45 a.m., Manna World Café, 7000 Locust St., Dubuque; 2:30 p.m., Iowa headquarters, 8520 New York Ave., Urbandale

Rick Santorum, noon, town hall, Lawrence Community Center, Anamosa; 3 p.m., Dyersville Public Library; Star Restaurant, 600 Brewery Dr., Dubuque

Nov. 16

Michele Bachmann 9 a.m. Lakeshore Family Restaurant, Storm Lake; 12:30 p.m., 2nd Street Emporium, Webster City; 6 p.m., Sen. Brad Zaun house party, West Des Moines

Newt Gingrich, 7:30 a.m., fundraiser for Iowa Senate candidate Jeff Mullen, Machine Shed Restaurant, 11151 Hickman Rd., Urbandale

Rick Santorum, 8 a.m., Happy Joe’s, Clinton; 10 a.m., DeWitt Community Center; 12:30 p.m., Scott Community College, Bettendorf; 6:30 p.m., house party, Steve and Amy Sherman, North Liberty.

Nov. 17

Michele Bachmann Drake University, Des Moines; 2 p.m., Pioneer Hybrid, Johnston; 2 p.m., Pioneer Hi-Bred, Johnston

Rick Santorum, 7:30 a.m., Hamburg Inn, 214 N. Linn, Iowa City; 8:15, Iowa State Association of Counties, 300 E. 9th St., Coralville; 11:30 a.m., Iowa Association of Business and Industry; Des Moines; 5:30 p.m., Chad and Jill Kluver house party, Davenport

Nov. 18

Rick Santorum, 10 a.m., Papa Georges Pizza, Mount Pleasant; noon, town hall, Café Dodici, Washington; 5:30 p.m.; Godfather’s, Knoxville

Michele Bachmann 9 a.m., Falcon Civic Center, Independence; 1 p.m., The Gazette Editorial Board (Not open to the public, but livestreamed at http://thegazette.com.)

Ron Paul, 1 p.m., Pizza ranch, Vinton; 4 p.m., Lawrence Community center, Anamosa; 7 p.m., Hotel at Kirkwood, 7725 Kirkwood Blvd., Cedar Rapids

Nov. 19

Rick Santorum, 9 a.m., Grace Church, Des Moines; noon, Patriot Outreach, Des Moines;

Ron Paul, 9 a.m., GOP pancake breakfast, Indianola Christian Church, Indianola

Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum, 4 p.m., The Family Leader Thanksgiving Family Forum, First Federated Church, 4801 Franklin Ave., Des Moines

Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann, Gov. Terry Branstad’s Birthday Bash, 3200 Adventureland Dr., Altoona

Nov. 20

Rick Santorum, 2 p.m., Fort Des Moines Church of Christ, Des Moines

Dec. 10

ABC News and the Iowa Republican Party, live presidential debate

Dec. 19

The Des Moines Register/PBS Newshour Republican presidential debate, Des Moines


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