For Team Bachmann, this is clearly a money play since. Still, the Florida electorate is the single most important for any GOP presidential candidate. If Bachmann cannot connect with the Sunshine State electorate, she could find herself on the outside of what could soon become a two-man race between Rick Perry and Mitt Romney. This decision might come back to haunt Bachmann.Â Politico’s Maggie Haberman reports:
A spokeswoman confirms Michele Bachmann won’t be taking part in Florida’s Presidency Five straw poll, which falls just after the GOP candidate’s debate being held in the state.
Organizing for a straw poll is pricey and logistically rigorous, although the Bachmann campaign did it once already. And the state is shaping up as crucial given the current dynamics of the primary, with Rick Perry and Bachmann playing aggressively for Iowa and Mitt Romney still the heavily-favored prospect in New Hampshire, and it could be an opportunity for her to prove she can play in a more moderate swath of the map.