A poll released this morning by the Iowa Republican shows Gov. Chris Christie coming in third place in Iowa in a GOP Primary, damaging frontrunner Mitt Romney but badly beating up Tea Party darling U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann if Christie ran as a 2012 candidate for president.
According to the poll, former Massachusetts Gov. Romney would win with 18%, followed by U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (15%).
Christie would get 13% of the vote, according to the poll.
Businessman Herman Cain and Sarah Palin would tie for fourth at 7 percent, ahead of Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty at 6 percent.
“The person who could flip the race on its head is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie,” according to the poll. “If Christie enters the race, Romney would lose almost nine percent of his support to Christie, but the biggest loser would be Bachmann who sees 22 percent of her support go to the New Jersey Governor. Christie also takes a chunk, 20 percent, from Pawlenty.”
Vacationing for two weeks at an undiclosed location, Christie has said repeatedly he doesn’t intend to run for president.
See the polling data below from the Iowa Republican: