Politics Today: Romney The GOP Frontrunner?, Bachmann Nears Presidential Campaign Decision, And More
Now that Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump are out of the Republican presidential race, Mitt Romeny appears to be the frontrunner for the GOP nomination in 2012, according to a new poll released by Boston's Suffolk University.
In a hypothetical matchup with President Obama, Romney narrowly loses by a margin of 46 to 43 percent.
“With Huckabee and Trump out of the race, the whole dynamic has changed,” David Paleologos, director of the Political Research Center at Suffolk University, said. “Romney is the clear front-runner now; that’s a position he’ll have to be prepared to defend over the coming months.”
Here are the results of the Suffolk University poll:
Mitt Romney- 20%
Sarah Palin- 12%
Newt Gingrich- 9%
Rudy Giuliani- 7%
Ron Paul- 5%
Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Mitch Daniels- 4%
Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum- 3%
Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is "recovering well" after undergoing brain surgery on Wednesday. According to a statement from TIRR Memorial Hermann hospital, surgeons repaired her skull by putting a plastic implant in to fully cover her brain. Giffords was shot in the head in an assassination attempt four months ago in Tucson, Arizona. After the shooting, doctors removed part of her skull to relieve pressure on her brain.
The Associated Press reported on her recent surgery:
Doctors familiar with the procedure and not involved in her care said it was fairly routine, will significantly improve her quality of life and help her feel more normal.
"It's a very significant milestone in the recovery," said Dr. Robert Friedlander, chair of neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann is close to deciding whether she will run fo the GOP presidential nomination in 2012. Sources close to Bachmann told The Daily Caller that she will decide at the end of May.
Bachman herself has hinted she may announce a decision soon. In an interview Tuesday on Fox News, Bachmann said: "We had announced earlier that we would be looking at a June entry date for a decision, one way or another, about this race. Possibly, we may move that up.”