Raleigh, N.C. – PPP has rarely found presidential candidates doing exceedingly well in their home-state primaries, but even more rarely has a White House contender fared as poorly as Michigan’s Thad McCotter in his nascent, quixotic bid for the GOP nomination.
Whether Sarah Palin is listed as a candidate or not, McCotter musters only 5% of Michigan Republicans’ preferences for their standard-bearer against President Obama next fall. That bests only adjacent Minnesota’s Tim Pawlenty, who continues to decline in PPP primary polls, garnering 3% with Palin in the field and 4% without.
Leading the pack, regardless of Palin’s presence, is native Mitt Romney, whose father George was Governor over 40 years ago. Romney gets a quarter of the vote, topping soon-to-be-official-candidate Rick Perry’s 13%, Palin’s and neighboring Minnesota’s Michele Bachmann’s 12%, Herman Cain’s 7%, and Newt Gingrich’s and Ron Paul’s 6%. Absent Palin, Romney still pulls 24%, but Bachmann takes almost all of Palin’s support, jumping to 18% over Perry’s 14%, and everyone else at roughly the same place.