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Minnesota: Michele Bachmann Opponent’s Poll Shows Competitive Race

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A newly released Democratic poll shows Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) could face a competitive race in November, although there is little other evidence at this point that she is in danger.

Bachmann led businessman Jim Graves (D) 48 percent to 43 percent, according to a survey paid for by the likely Democratic Farmer Labor nominee’s campaign. Nine percent of respondents were undecided.

The survey marks the first public indication that the 6th district race could be competitive. Democrats unsuccessfully targeted Bachmann in the 2008 cycle, but they argue the Congresswoman is more vulnerable than ever following her failed presidential bid.

“Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s unsuccessful bid for president had a clear and negative impact on her standing among voters in the new Minnesota 6th CD,” wrote pollster Anna Greenberg of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research in the survey memo.

Still, the new 6th district boundaries aren’t in Graves’ favor. Bachmann’s district became slightly more Republican following redistricting in Minnesota.

The Graves poll of 505 likely voters took place June 12-14. The margin of error was 4.4 points.