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Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 07/06/2011

Rep. Michele Bachmann surges in polling: How well do you know the fastest-rising star in the Republican field? (Quiz)

A slew of opinion polls have confirmed it: Michele Bachmann is for real.

The three-term Republican congresswoman from Minnesota, Tea Party darling and social conservative firebrand is the latest and fastest-rising star in the GOP race for the chance to take on President Obama in next year’s presidential election.

But the increased support has brought scrutiny of Bachmann, her family and her strong conservative values.

How well do you know this former IRS tax collection attorney-turned-ultra conservative? Take our quiz.

By Brian M. Rosenthal  |  12:42 PM ET, 07/06/2011

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