Republican Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann will blow into Miami because Hurricane Irene's damage has interfered with her travel schedule north of Florida.
Bachmann intends to visit the Bay of Pigs memorial and The Versailles restaurant in Little Havana, a must-stop for candidates. She's likely to attend a fundraiser as well.
"We could not get to events up the coast tomorrow so we ectended our trip in Florida," said spokeswoman Alice Stewart. "Also, we have had great turnout and support in Florida so we chose to add a day to the schedule for public and private events."
It's usually a good bet that Bachmann will receive large enthusiastic crowds -- but only if they know to show up. This is a last-minute change, so Bachmann might do some real retail politicking. Either way, she'll wrack up free media coverage and raise some campaign cash.
Bachmann's schedule changes often and with relatively little notice. Her campaign on Friday cancelled a a 10 a.m. tea party grassroots town hall in Orlando this morning. Members of the tea party, though, were invited to see her get off her tour bus at 8:30 a.m. at the Rosen Shingle Creek.
Bachmann, a Minnesota congresswoman, hasn't announced any big hires in Florida and is technincally not participating in the Sept. 24 Republican Party of Florida straw poll (though she'll be on the ballot anyway).
Meantime, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is snatching up Florida talent (Randy Enrwight and former RPOF ED Jim Rimes as well as others). Nationwide, Perry's running in first among Republicans, according to a Gallup poll showing Mitt Romney in second and Ron Paul in third. Bachmann garners just 10 percent of the vote in fourth place -- a loss of 3 in-the-error-margin percentage points since July. Another poll, conducted by Mason-Dixon just in Florida, showed that Perry or Bachmann would be virtually tied with President Obama in a hypothetical matchup while Romney would win by a comfortable 51-43 split.