(CNN) - Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann lead a new poll of caucus goers in the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa.
The Des Moines Register Iowa Poll released Saturday night showed former Massachusetts Gov. Romney, a familiar face from his 2008 bid, with 23 percent followed by Congresswoman Bachmann of Minnesota, who will officially kick off her campaign in Iowa Monday, with 22 percent.
Former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain received 10 percent, followed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas with 7 percent each.
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who has made over 20 visits to the Hawkeye State and ran the first TV ad of the 2012 election there last week, received 6 percent, followed by former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, also a frequent visitor to the state, with 4 percent and former Utah governor and former U.S. ambassador to China Jon Huntsman with 2 percent.
The Iowa caucuses are scheduled for February 6 and have the potential to propel a candidacy. However, given the largely socially conservative electorate, some candidates hoping to capture the White House, including Romney and Huntsman, are focusing their energy on other early voting states.
But for candidates popular with social conservatives, the new poll was welcome news. Bachmann, an Iowa native, said Sunday her team is "thrilled" with the results.
"We don't take this for granted. This reflects what we had been hearing on the ground," Bachmann said. "So this will be the beginning of a marathon. It's not a sprint and so we're looking forward to go and to greet more people and to win in Iowa."
The poll surveyed 400 likely Republican caucus-goers June 19 through June 22 with a sampling error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.
Romney leads in ANOTHER important poll. Whoo hoo! Go Romney Go!
What a great combo they make, A mega wealthy white businessman and a female version of George Bush.
Just what America needs right now
Actually good news for Michele Bachman she is just 1 point behind
Great. Bachmann the military hater getting stronger. That's all I need to hear. Perhaps time to go Democrat.
Bachman was put on notice by Chris Wallace that she will be accountable for her remarks. My favorite remark is that she wants Americans to be "armed and dangerous" against Obama. Dangerous words.
Iowa politics are a little crazy
Considered by many to be conservative, but one of six states with same sex marriage laws.
Tom Harkin is chairman of Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, yet Iowa has a large percent of residents that home school and refuse vacines, because they don't trust the government.
Tom Harkin iand Chuck Grassley are on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, yet so many farms cannot drink their own well water because of Nitrates.
This news is completely insignificant. At the end of the day, Sarah Palin will be our next and greatest President in 2013!
him without his tie, her with her fake eyelashes.
Bachman, who thinks evolution is theory (probably how she regards relativity, if she's heard of the theory), should team up with Santorum, who states, "There is no such thing as global warming."
Crypto-fascist Tea Party fundametalists seem to be in style. Why not pair up Bachmann with Palin – that is a match made in Christian right wing heaven. With Fox News, Murdoch and the Koch bothers money behind this dynamic duo they could go along way.
Bachmann's ideas to eliminate the capital gains tax and reduce minimum wages should be seen as an attack on the middle class and poor. What will Bachmann suggest next?....get rid of child labor laws, cut safety rules for the workplace, allow companies to pollute the air and water, and bring back sweat shops? Is this what the Tea Party wants for America? Bachmann may be more extreme and radical than Palin.
400 people do not represent the majority.Bachmann is from Iowa and should have been the clear leader, so this would be bad news for her, if she cant make it here she cant make it anywhere.