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NBC/WSJ poll: Bachmann surges to 2nd place in '12 GOP field

In the race for the Republican presidential nomination, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney remains the national leader with 30 percent of GOP primary voters saying he’s their first choice, according to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.

But Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has surged into second place with support from 16 percent of GOP primary voters. A month ago -- before she announced her presidential bid -- Bachmann was just at 3 percent in the survey.

(In the current poll's crosstabs, Romney narrowly leads Bachmann among Tea Party supporters, 24 to 20 percent, while Bachmann is ahead among Republican primary voters who identify themselves as very conservative, 24 to 22 percent.)

In the GOP trial heat, Romney and Bachmann are followed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry (who hasn’t yet decided on a presidential run) at 11 percent, Texas Congressman Ron Paul at 9 percent and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 8 percent.

Behind them are ex-Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain at 5 percent, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum at 3 percent and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman tied at 2 percent.

The full NBC/Wall Street Journal poll -- which was conducted of 1,000 adults (200 reached by cell phone) from July 14-17, and it has an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.1 percentage points -- is released at 6:30 pm ET.