Bachmann and Jim Graves now neck and neck as Michele's favorability tanks
Michele's verbal errors have reduced her lead over Graves to the margin of error.
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For better or worse, we may only have Our Favorite Congresswoman to kick around for a couple more months.
New polling conducted by Democratic pollsters Greenberg Quinlan Rosner shows that momentum in the 6th Congressional District is solidly behind Jim Graves, who is now basically neck and neck with Bachmann.
Overall, the poll shows Bachmann leading Graves 48 - 46 percent, within the margin of error. The race has moved significantly among independents, with a 20-point net shift toward Graves, from a 41 - 45 percent disadvantage in June to a 52 - 37 percent lead now. Among independents, Bachmann's favorability rating has slipped 4 points while her unfavorability rating has jumped 7 points. Overall, she's viewed mostly negatively. Among all voters, 40 percent give her a positive job rating, while a sizable 57 percent give her a negative one, with a plurality of 35 percent giving the most negative answer possible -- "poor."
Graves' campaign manager (and son) Adam Graves told Salon that the numbers show his candidate is well positioned to beat Bachmann. "Obviously, we're very excited about it. The first thing that's notable is that obviously her recent comments, the stories that she's created for herself, have really hurt her among folks in the middle," he said. Bachmann, who had tried to keep a lower profile after aborting her presidential bid, grabbed headlines this summer for her implication that Muslims in the U.S. government may be secret agents of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Recent polling has revealed Michele to be one of Minnesota's least-popular politicians , and the new Graves-campaign-commissioned Greenberg poll provides the strongest evidence to date that her favorability has also eroded in in the notoriously conservative exurbs. What tricks does the wily incumbent have up her sleeves between now and November? Not gonna lie, we can't wait to find out.
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