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. (Read more Michele Bachmann 2012 stories.)

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