Raleigh, N.C. – As is true nationally, Michele Bachmann has risen to become Mitt Romney’s chief competitor for the presidential nomination in North Carolina. In June, Romney led Herman Cain 25-21 with Palin out of the race. Cain has lost more than half his support, but Bachmann has risen in his place, and Romney now holds only a 23-22 lead over Bachmann. Bachmann is followed by Rick Perry with 14%, Cain and Newt Gingrich with 9%, Ron Paul with 6%, Tim Pawlenty with 5%, and Jon Huntsman with just 2%. Bachmann has a modest 26-17 edge over Romney with very conservative voters, though Romney makes up for this with a 30-18 lead among somewhat conservatives. If Palin makes a run for the White House, it has little effect on the race in North Carolina. Romney still leads with 18% to Bachmann’s 17%, Perry’s 14%, Palin’s 12%, Cain and Gingrich’s 8%, Paul’s 7%, Pawlenty’s 4%, and Huntsman’s 1%.