Bachmann snatches victory back from jaws of defeat

She almost torpedoed her campaign during an appearance on "Hardball," but the Minnesota Republican was able to salvage a narrow win.

By Alex Koppelman

Published November 5, 2008 7:08AM (EST)

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., should have cruised to reelection, and at one point she was on her way to doing so. Then she went on MSNBC's "Hardball," where she said that Barack Obama "may have anti-American views" and called on the media to investigate her fellow members of Congress, and gave her Democratic challenger new life.

But still, Bachmann was able to salvage a win on Tuesday, beating Democrat Elwyn Tinklenberg 47-43. Third-party candidate Bob Anderson managed to pull 10 percent of the vote.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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