Could Bachmann Lose?

by Katrina Trinko

The National Journal reports:

Bachmann leads businessman Jim Graves, 48 percent to 43 percent, according to a memorandum from the Democratic, Washington-based polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, which conducted the survey. Nine percent of likely voters are undecided.

As a result of her high profile in the House and her presidential campaign, Bachmann enjoys near-universal name identification, but she elicits more negative feelings from the district’s likely voters than positive ones. A majority, 51 percent, give her a cool, or negative, rating, compared to just 35 percent who give her a warm, positive rating.

In a fundraising letter sent yesterday, Bachmann wrote, “My opponent just released his financial numbers and it will blow you away. His net worth is approximately $111 million. Yes, you read that correctly. One hundred and eleven million dollars. My opponent has already shown his willingness to fund this race with his vast personal wealth, and I’m certain he will be able to keep pouring in millions of his own money to defeat me.”

However, unless Bachmann is working off a different release, $111 million appears to be the most Graves could be worth, not necessarily what he is worth. The Minnesota Public radio station reported earlier this week that Graves’s “net worth is between $22 and $111 million and Graves’s campaign says the actual number lies somewhere in the middle. . . . So far, Graves has lent his campaign $100,000 and says he expects donations to make up the bulk of the campaign’s funds.” 

Thanks to redistricting, Bachmann is now running in a district slightly more Republican than the one she represented previously. 

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