Bachmann Slips Behind in House Race

Jim Graves is neck-and-neck with Minnesota congresswoman

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted May 20, 2013 1:52 PM CDT

(Newser) – Things just keep getting worse for Michele Bachmann: Not only is she facing a campaign finance investigation, she's also dropping behind in the race to hold onto her House of Representatives seat, according to a new poll. The Public Policy Poll shows Democrat challenger Jim Graves leading 47% to Bachmann's 45%, but Politico notes that number is within the margin of error. Graves was within 5,000 votes of beating Bachmann in 2012, and Bachmann has already started running TV ads this time around, a sign that she's taking his candidacy seriously.

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. gestures as she speaks at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., Friday, March 15, 2013.
Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. gestures as she speaks at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., Friday, March 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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