Bachmann Holds on to Her Seat

Minnesota GOP rep hangs on after questioning patriotism of fellow lawmakers
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2008 1:44 PM CST
Mitt Romney campaigns for Bachmann at the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights, Minn.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – 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.