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    Romney, Bachmann Lead in Iowa

    Image #: 14478930    (110614) -- MANCHESTER, June 14, 2011 (Xinhua) -- Republican candidates (L to R) Rick Santorum, former two-term senator from Pennsylvania; Congresswoman Michele Bachmann; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney; Texas congressman Ron Paul; former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty; entrepreneur Herman Cain attend their debate June 13, 2011 at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. Seven Republican wannabes on Monday participated in the first major GOP Primary debate for next year's presidential election in Manchester, New Hampshire. (Xinhua/Wang Fengfeng) (yc)        XINHUA /LANDOV

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    The first Des Moines Register Iowa poll of the cycle has been released. According to the results, Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann lead the pack, with 23 percent and 22 percent respectively. One pollster said of Bachmann, “This would indicate that she’s going to be a real player in Iowa.” Herman Cain came in third with 10 percent, while Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul tied with 7 percent each. Meanwhile, Tim Pawlenty, who has already spent 26 days in Iowa this cycle and has already started airing television ads in the state, came in fifth with just 6 percent. Jennifer Duffy of the Cook Political Report said, “If I were the Pawlenty camp, I would be enormously worried about this poll.”

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