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It’s Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota who remains in the lead, garnering 36 percent of the vote, the poll found. Texas Gov. Rick Perry came in a strong second with nearly 29 percent. Herman Cain followed with 12 percent; Rep. Ron Paul of Texas drew 11 percent.

The other contenders ranked in the single digits.

“Perhaps the most interesting result of the poll is the total lack of support Mitt Romney has in the tea party movement. He drew 3 percent in this poll and 2 percent in the previous poll,” says Judson Phillips, founder of the group.

“In 2010, the tea party brought the GOP back. It would not be wise for the GOP to ignore the very group that saved it,” Mr. Phillips adds.

VALUE VOTERS PERCOLATING

On the radar. Already: The Value Voters Summit does not begin until Oct. 7, but the pro-life, pro-family event organized by Family Research Council Action is already bristling with Republican heavyweights.

Republican presidential hopefuls Rick Santorum and Reps. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and Ron Paul of Texas are confirmed speakers.

So are House Speaker John A. Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Steve King of Iowa, talk-radio gods Bill Bennett and Mark Levin , plus Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, RedState founder Erick Erickson, Hot Air stalwart Ed Morrissey, American Values President Gary Bauer and Heritage Foundation President Ed Feulner.

Incidentally, rumor has it that Heritage fellow Edwin Meese III will receive the 2011 Vision and Leadership Award. Stay tuned.

POLL DU JOUR

• 56 million children are enrolled in U.S. elementary through high schools this fall.

• 89 percent of that number has at least one parent or guardian who attends PTA meetings.

• 55 percent of that number report they are “highly engaged” and like school.

• 43 percent belong to a minority population.

• 23 percent have at least one foreign-born parent.

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