40 per cent of Republicans in Iowa back Bachmann

Nearly half of all Republicans in Iowa back Michele Bachmann for president, according to a recent po

40 per cent of Republicans in Iowa would pick Michele Bachmann as either their first or second choice for president, according to a recent poll in the Des Moines Register.

Mitt Romney came top in the first choice category with a 23 per cent share of the vote, beating Bachmann score of 22 by one point, but Bachmann scored far higher in the second choice category, beating Romney by 18 to ten. For a full break down of the results see below.

Bachmann poll surprise 

The poll indicates that Bachmann has a surprising breadth of support among Republican voters as a whole, and not just among the "Tea Party", Christian right of the party. Matt Taibbi is right: Bachmann is a contender.

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Tissues and issues for Labour: Corbynite celebrity Charlotte Church votes Plaid Cymru

The singer, who championed Corbyn's leadership, has voted for Labour's rivals in the Welsh Assembly election.

Charlotte Church, hot on the anti-auserity campaign trail and a regular at pro-Corbyn rallies, has voted for Plaid Cymru.

Here is her tweet supporting Labour's rivals, on the day of the Welsh Assembly elections:

The singer's vote suggests she has fallen out of love with Corbyn; she had previously made her support for the Labour leader known by performing at "Jeremy Corbyn for PM" fundraisers for him, and writing an endorsement of his leadership:

"The inverse of Nigel Farage, he appears to be a cool-headed, honest, considerate man, one of the few modern politicians who doesn’t seem to have been trained in neuro-linguistic programming, unconflicted in his political views, and abstemious in his daily life. He is one of the only politicians of note that seems to truly recognise the dire inequality that exists in this country today and actually have a problem with it. There is something inherently virtuous about him, and that is a quality that can rally the support of a lot of people, and most importantly, a lot of young people. With the big three zero on the horizon for me, I don’t know if I still count as a “young person”. What I can say is that for the first time in my adult life there is a politician from a mainstream party who shares my views and those of most people I know, and also has a chance of actually doing something to create a shift in the paradigm, from corporate puppetry to conscientious societal representation."

And, as Guido points out, Church is not the only celebrity Corbyn champion who has witheld support for Labour today. The actor Emma Thompson, who backed Corbyn for Labour leader, has endorsed the Women's Equality Party in the London mayoral election.

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