Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Let’s Support Michele Bachmann for Congress

Michele Bachmann 9-27-12 Glen Stubbe photographer
John R. Houk
© October 24, 2012

Early in the GOP race the Presidential nomination I was a supporter of Michele Bachmann. Bachmann is a Christian Pro-Life Conservative that gets it about Radical Islam creeping into the United States of America disguised as something known as Moderate Islam. Bachmann’s national support sadly waned rapidly after the Iowa Straw Poll. By the time of the Iowa Caucus she was a non-player in the GOP President race.

Bachmann wisely realized for whom the bell tolled and dropped out of the race and began to focus on a House reelection. She went home to realize that gerrymandering had messed up her Minnesota 6th District support. Bachmann has been involved in a tight race facing the debt of a national campaign, raising money for a District 6 race, her Democrat opponent being a millionaire and the National Dem Party pushing money into her Dem challenger’s race.

Even after such adversity Bachmann has maintained a slight poll lead over Hotel Magnet Jim Graves; however “slight” is the operative word. Bachmann has been placed in the position to daily ask for contributions for her reelection campaign to offset the Leftist Dem money flowing to challenger Graves. As a blogger I pray everyone that reads this post finds it in their heart to send at a little cash to Michele Bachmann even if you don’t reside in Minnesota District 6. Shucks partners, if you live anywhere in the great USA sends some dough to Michele Bachmann. Her continued experience as a Social Conservative and Tea Party mover and shaker is still needed as an influence in Congress’ House of Representatives.

I received short and sweet email from Michele Bachmann today:

John -- Please -- if you can -- stop what you are doing right now and listen to my message immediately.

We can defeat Obama and his allies, but in order to do so, I need you to listen to my message.

We don't have much time until the election.

I hope you will please listen to this right away.

God bless,

Be sure to click on the links in the email to donate to Michele Bachmann’s campaign for reelection. Below is the direct link to the audio message Michele Bachmann desires you to listen to:

JRH 10/24/12
Bachmann runs hard, holds lead on Graves

Updated: October 24, 2012 - 1:22 PM

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is leading Democratic challenger Jim Graves heading into the final weeks of the campaign, according to a new poll commissioned by the Star Tribune.

Bachmann, who is waging one of the most expensive House campaigns in the nation against a political newcomer, is favored by 51 percent of likely voters in Minnesota's Sixth Congressional District, which stretches from west of St. Cloud to the Wisconsin border. Another 45 percent would choose Graves, a St. Cloud native and owner of Graves Hospitality Corp., an expansive hotel chain. Four percent of voters are undecided.

The Oct. 16 poll by Pulse Opinion Research sampled 1,000 likely voters in the Sixth and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Bachmann spent part of Saturday stumping at an American Legion fundraiser in Forest Lake.

"Michele is thrilled by the outpouring of support and is honored to have each and every vote. She will work hard until all the votes are counted," campaign spokesman Chase Kroll said in response to the poll. "This poll is another indication that Michele's proven track record of fighting for Minnesota families has strong support across the Sixth District."

Unfazed by the poll results, Graves was also out campaigning Saturday, shaking hands and admiring the goods at a craft fair in Blaine.

"The only poll that counts is Nov. 6," Graves said. "We're going to continue working diligently to the last minute. ... We're going to continue getting the message out and hope that the electorate has an informed opinion on the day of the election. And if they do, I think it's going to go our way."

Gauging support

"All the polls are showing that this is a tight race," campaign manager Adam Graves said. The campaign's internal polls show Graves within 2 points of Bachmann. A recent KSTP poll showed her with a 9-point lead.

Bachmann was viewed favorably by 46 percent of likely voters and unfavorably by 45 percent in the two-person race. She ran strongest among men, conservatives and middle- and upper-income voters between 30 and 64. She also gets the support of 46 percent of independents.

Matthew Barber, a railroad company manager from Ramsey for whom fiscal issues are a top concern, says he is a staunch Bachmann supporter. "Michele Bachmann is very much along the lines of trying to bring fiscal sanity back to Congress," he said. "Although I shouldn't say back; that implies that there was fiscal sanity to begin with."

A California transplant, Barber, 49, takes a small delight in Bachmann's high profile and likes when friends back in California recognize his congresswoman. "She's made herself by being outspoken," he said.

Not surprisingly, Bachmann enjoyed widespread support among evangelical Christians -- two-thirds said they would support her. But she also holds an edge among Catholic voters, 52 percent to 43 percent, even though Graves is Catholic.

Graves, however, holds his own among women, winning about half their votes. He also takes nearly half of independents and slightly more than half of those making less than $40,000.

He scores big with voters younger than 30 -- 60 percent favor him -- and gets a little over half of the senior vote. Overall, 37 percent of poll respondents view him favorably while the same percentage view him unfavorably and about a fifth of voters say they have a neutral impression of him.

Beth Grendahl-Hoff, of Anoka, says she's supporting Graves. A Democrat, Grendahl-Hoff said she knows many Republicans and independents who are tired of Bachmann's outsized national profile.

"I think a lot of people kind of feel like she's really in it for herself, for the headlines," Grendahl-Hoff said. "Michele Bachmann's been in office so long, and she's done so little for her district."

Bachmann's brief presidential campaign helped build that profile even further and left her with a nationwide network of donors who have helped her raise more than $11 million for her House campaign.

But her high-profile run -- in which the Iowa-born Bachmann regularly identified herself as an Iowan, not a Minnesotan -- doesn't seem to have given her much of a bump back home. More than a third of respondents said the national campaign made them less likely to vote for the three-term incumbent. But 54 percent said it made no difference to them.

Economy dominates

Economic issues weigh heavily on the Sixth District this year, with 46 percent naming jobs and economic growth as the issues that will most influence their vote. No other issue even came close.

Domestic issues such as Social Security and health care came in a distant second at 15 percent, followed closely by taxes and government spending. Only 10 percent named cultural issues such as same-sex marriage and abortion, while national security ranked last a 7 percent.

The Graves campaign has been hitting Bachmann on economic issues, including the recent shutdown at the Verso Paper Corp. mill in Sartell, and working to cast Graves as the pro-business candidate in the race.

But when asked which candidate would be more effective at working to improve the economy and create jobs in the district, 49 percent of poll respondents named Bachmann, 43 percent picked Graves and 7 percent were undecided.

Bachmann, meanwhile, has been running commercials trying to tie Graves to the Obama administration's health care reforms -- even though he wasn't in Congress when the legislation passed. The strategy could resonate in a district where 55 percent of voters have said they wanted to see the Affordable Health Care Act repealed and only 38 percent want to keep it in place.

Bachmann has taken to mentioning GOP presidential nominee and onetime rival Mitt Romney more often and has even been holding debate-watching parties to cheer him. Poll results could explain why -- Romney is running slightly stronger in her district than Bachmann is, with 54 percent of respondents saying they would vote for Romney. Only 39 percent would for President Obama.
Let’s Support Michele Bachmann for Congress
John R. Houk
© October 24, 2012
Bachmann runs hard, holds lead on Graves

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