A new poll shows that former Republican Presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann is in danger of losing her congressional seat to hotel executive Jim Graves, a sign that the GOP may not necessarily retain control of the House. The poll shows Bachmann leading Graves 48% to 46%.
Her short-lived but highly memorable Presidential run may have exposed just how Far Right her beliefs are to the folks back home. Bachmann once had a lead among Independents in her district (45%-41%) but the latest information shows that has slipped away and Graves now leads among the demographic by a wide 52%-37% margin.
Bachmann has never run in a two candidate race. In every congressional fight she has faced since first being elected in 2006, Bachmann has been lucky enough to have the left’s vote split between the Democratic and Independence Party. On a two-person ticket the choice becomes more of a referendum on Bachmann’s time in office.
Speaking to The Huffington Post, Graves’ son Adam, who is his campaign manager, said that recent comments have hurt her chances at re-election:
“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,”
In response, Bachmann’s campaign weighed in with a familiar ‘she may be even crazier than her eyes suggest,’ response, claiming that she is an “independent” and pinning Graves to Barack Obama in an attempt to deflect the story from her.
Jim Graves can buy a lot of polls from Democrat pollsters. What he can’t buy is votes,” Bachmann campaign manager Chase Kroll told HuffPost by email. “Minnesotans know Congresswoman Bachmann’s record as a strong independent voice fighting against wasteful spending in Washington. When people learn about Graves, they’ll see that he is just another big-spending liberal that we simply can’t afford. Graves supports the failed stimulus, the bailouts, and Obamacare. He is no friend of the Minnesota taxpayer — he’s a rubber stamp for President Obama’s agenda.”
That agenda has Obama up seven points in the crucial state of Ohio.