WASHINGTON — Rep. Michele Bachmann holds a nine-point lead over DFL challenger Tarryl Clark in poll out today. However, Bachmann’s support dropped from the last survey, falling under the critical 50 percent threshhold.
Bachmann leads Clark 48-39 in the KSTP/SurveyUSA poll, first announced on Twitter by KSTP’s Tom Hauser. The margin of error was 4.2 percent.
It’s KSTP’s poll, so I’ll refer you there for more details..
It’s the sort of survey both Bachmann and Clark will take some solace from. For the incumbent, a lead’s a lead, and she’s up nine. Bachmann won her last contest with 46.4 percent of the vote, and her first with 50 percent, so this level of popularity is within her past winning totals.
For Clark, her mission is to close the gap. Getting Bachmann under 50 percent is a big move (meaning a majority of the voters either don’t want Bachmann or aren’t sure) and nine points is a margin that can certainly be overcome in the next four months.
Either way, this is a poll that will only increase the fundraising appeals in one of the most expensive races in the country so far.