Rep. Michele Bachmann survived her campaign near-death experience, narrowly holding on to her House seat in yesterday's election, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Bachman caused a furor 2 weeks ago when she charged not only Barack Obama but fellow members of Congress with harboring "anti-American" views in a cable TV interview. The national GOP pulled its funding from her campaign, and money poured into the coffers of her opponent, Elwyn Tinkelberg.
After polls showed a sizeable backlash, Bachmann ran an ad apologizing and began emphasizing her support of tax cuts. She also credited her victory her opposition to the $700 billion federal bailout. A third-party challenger may have swayed the election, though he thought he lured votes away from Bachmann.