A new poll released today by the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and Minnesota Public Radio of Minnesotaâ€™s 6th Congressional District finds 1-term Republican incumbent Michele Bachmann in a dead head with DFL challenger Elwyn Tinklenberg. Bachmann trails Tinklenberg 45 to 43 percent (within the polls 4.7 percent margin of error) with Independence Party candidate Bob Anderson registering 5 percent support.
Bachmann is lagging behind her fellow Republicans up the ticket â€“ by 16 points behind Norm Coleman (who holds a 14-point lead over Al Franken in the district) and 5 points behind John McCain (who holds a 3-point lead over Barack Obama in the district).
More than three-quarters of likely voters in the district were aware of Bachmannâ€™s controversial comments that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama â€śmay have anti-American viewsâ€? (79 percent); 68 percent disagreed with Bachmannâ€™s comments and 37 percent are less likely to vote for Bachmann as a result.
Smart Politics will profile the 6th Congressional District race later this weekend.