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Graves-Bachmann Race Becomes a Top Priority for DCCC

The national Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has set their sites on the Sixth District in Minnesota, as Jim Graves keeps his race close with Rep. Michele Bachmann.

A tight race in Minnesota's Sixth District is drawing national attention, as the Democractic Congressional Campaign Committee has put the race atop its "Red to Blue" list. 

Related story: Bachmann campaign agrees to three debates with challenger Jim Graves. 

According to the DCCC, Graves has "earned a spot on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s (DCCC) highly competitive Red-to-Blue program."  

A poll from Jim Graves’ campaign shows he trails Congresswoman Bachmann by just 2 points (48-46 percent) and Bachmann’s favorability is underwater with 57 percent of registeredvoters viewing her unfavorably. Independent voters have swung against Bachmann by nearly 20 points from a 4-percent advantage to a 15-point disadvantage, according to the Graves Poll. 

Independent polls show Bachmann leading by as many as four to six points, and the Cook and Rothenberg Political Reports put the Sixth in the Republican win column. 

“Jim has proven his commitment to standing up for the middle class and creating good-paying jobs for Minnesotans,” said DCCC Chairman Steve Israel. “Jim is a successful businessman, builder and problem-solver who will focus on creating jobs, growing the economy and protecting Medicare not on partisanship, political games or pandering to the Tea Party. During Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s career in Washington, she has been more focused on being a national right-wing celebrity than on delivering for the Minnesota families she represents. Voters are experiencing buyer’s remorse with Congresswoman Bachmann and her relentless desire to put ideology over solutions.” 

Democratic Reps. Jared Polis (CO) and Donna Edwards (MD) co-chair the Red to Blue program, and Rep. Allyson Schwartz serves as the National Chair for Recruitment and Candidate Services.

In a response to Graves' DCCC challenge in September, when the race was placed on a the "emerging races" list, Bachmann reached out to constituents, saying she was "being targeted" by outside interest groups. "One thing is for certain- this race is going to be costly and quite a challenge," the Bachmann campaign stated in September. "The Democrats along with the liberal media would love to see my campaign be defeated in November. They are clearly pulling out all the stops to see our conservative values be conquered this fall."

Al Anderson October 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Who cares what Jim Graves' poll says? Democrats favorite trick -- oversample Democrats to create a poll and then feature it like it's fact. If you want accuracy in reviewing data -- only look at Rasmussen -- they have been the most accurate over the past decade. Avoid Public Policy, avoid the Strib's - they are just spin. As to the DCCC making this a top priority -- no news here -- the DCCC has made the 6th Congressional District race one of its' top priorities over the past decade. I'm not interested in having a congress person who chooses to live in South Minneapolis represent me. The same guy who lies about being a United Way board member. The same guy who will raise taxes, liimit freedoms and increase spending. Sorry -- Jim Graves belongs in the 5th Congressional district....not the 6th.
Judith Squires October 16, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Bachmann is an embarrassment to the fine state of Minnesota. Why anyway would vote for moonbat crazy woman is a mystery.
Al Anderson October 17, 2012 at 09:32 AM
Judith -- Well, your comment certainly sheds lots of factual information about this topic. Thanks for posting!
Deb Wade November 01, 2012 at 04:44 AM
''I don't know where they're going to get all this money because we're running out of rich people in this country.'' —Rep. Michele Bachmann, accusing the Obama administration of plotting to divert money from Republican to Democratic districts and planning to tax the wealthy to fund the windfalls, ''That's why people need to continue to go to the town halls, continue to melt the phone lines of their liberal members of Congress, and let them know, under no certain circumstances will I give the government control over my body and my health care decisions.'' —Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), a pro-lifer who completely missed the irony of using the same slogan as the pro-choice movement in arguing against health care reform ''Unfortunately, the Census data has become very intricate, very personal, a lot of the questions that are asked. I know for my family, the only question we will be answering is how many people are in our home. We won't be answering any information beyond that, because the Constitution doesn't require any information beyond that.'' —Michele Bachmann, announcing that she would be breaking the law by refusing to answer census questions, June 2009
Deb Wade November 01, 2012 at 04:48 AM
Hey al I could continue but you can find all of this on google under Crazy things Bachmann has said it was easy and there are alot of them happy reading!

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