Bachmann's Lead Nearly Gone: Poll
Democratic rival Jim Graves wins over independents
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2012 5:21 PM CDT
In this Sept. 28, 2011 photo, Michelle Bachmann gestures during a speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.    (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
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(Newser) – Michele Bachmann may be right about a political storm coming, but it's apparently headed her way. The Minnesota congresswoman is leading Democratic rival Jim Graves by only 2 points after support among independents dropped from +15% to -4%, according to a new poll commissioned by Graves and Salon. What's more, her overall "negative" numbers are bad, with 57% giving her a negative job rating and 35% calling it "poor"—the lowest possible rating, Salon reports.

The lack of a third-party candidate to siphon off votes may be helping Graves, but his name is known to fewer voters—just 38%, compared to 99% for Bachmann. Still, Graves' team argues that he's winning over the voters who do get to know him. Another potential bummer for Bachmann: She has probably commissioned her own surveys, Salon notes, but the fact that she won't release them implies that the news is none too good.