Michele Bachmann’s controversial comments that Democratic presidential candidate Barack
Obama “may have anti-American views” have put in jeopardy her campaign for re-election in
Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District, according to a Minnesota Public Radio News and
Humphrey Institute poll. Bachmann narrowly trails her Democratic rival, Elwyn Tinklenberg,
45 percent to 43 percent, which is within the margin of error and therefore should be considered
a toss-up. Independence Party candidate Bob Anderson received 5 percent; 7 percent did not
indicate support for a candidate. In 2006, Bachmann won the election by 8 points over her
Democratic rival Patty Wetterling (50 percent to 42 percent).
Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, UMN
Jacobs, Lawrence; Miller, Joanne M..
Voters Turn On Bachmann while Strongly Supporting Coleman.
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