New poll shows Rep. Bachmann's opponent may be within striking distance


Oooooh. More about Tarryl here.

New poll numbers from Survey USA give Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) a nine-point lead in her race for re-election. But in a potentially troubling sign for the incumbent, the poll has Bachmann under 50 percent.

She leads state Sen. Tarryl Clark (D) 48 percent to 39 percent.

Third party candidate Bob Anderson took 6 percent of the vote, with another independent candidate polling 2 percent. Just 5 percent of respondents said they were undecided. The margin of error is +/- 4.2 percentage points.

Hovering around 50 percent is nothing new for Bachmann. In 2008, she won with 46 percent of the vote, while a third-party challenger took 10 percent. And in 2006, Bachmann won her first race with just 50 percent.