Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin

Michele Bachmann outraises Sarah Palin

Is the Minnesota congresswoman more popular than the queen of the Tea Parties?


Alex Pareene
July 13, 2010 8:15PM (UTC)

At FrumForum, Tim Mak notes that despite the fuss about the $865,000 Sarah Palin raised for her PAC last quarter, she was out-raised by both Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann, a simple congresswoman who is not actually running for the 2012 nomination. (As far as anyone knows.)

Minnesota's favorite baby-farmer Bachmann raised $1.7 million last quarter, despite the fact that, unlike Palin and Romney, she ostensibly has a job. Does this make Bachmann a dark-horse candidate for the GOP nomination? She shares much of Sarah Palin's political skill and ambition, plus the ability to speak extemporaneously.

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But first she will have to win reelection. (Right? Won't she? Or is having a job considered a liability for 2012 candidates?) Bachmann's opponent, Tarryl Clark, raised $910,000 last quarter, bringing her total to $2 million so far. According to a SurveyUSA poll, Bachmann has a surprisingly slim 9-point lead.


Alex Pareene

Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at apareene@salon.com and follow him on Twitter @pareene

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