Minnesota – 6th District

Democrat Candidate Funds On Hand Recent Poll Patty Wetterling $562,000 43% Republican Michele Bachmann $383,000 38%

Republican Rep. Mark Kennedy is leaving this seat to run for U.S. Senate. In 2004, Kennedy faced a challenge from child advocate Patty Wetterling. He defeated her 54% to 46%. This cycle, Wetterling is once again the Democratic nominee. Her opponent, state Sen. Bachmann, represents the 52nd District, in the eastern portion of the 6th District. The district leans somewhat Republican, but Wetterling is a well-regarded and well-known quantity here, and Bachmann may be too conservative for this suburban constituency. The Cook Political Report ranks this race a “Toss-Up.” The District The 6th District encompasses the growing northern suburbs of the Twin Cities area, including all or portions of Anoka, Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, Washington, and Wright counties. The largest city is St. Cloud. The district is 95% white and mostly middleclass. While John Kerry won the 2004 presidential election in Minnesota, Bush won the 6th District 57% to 42%. About Patty Wetterling Patty Wetterling is a nationallyrecognized child safety advocate who got involved in public policy after the abduction of her son Jacob in 1989. She and her husband co-founded the Jacob Wetterling Foundation, which works to educate lawmakers, law enforcement agencies, schools and communities about child safety. This spring, she decided to run a second time in the 6th District. In her race, Wetterling is stressing raising the minimum wage, protecting Social Security, improving education, and ensuring full funding for veterans’ health care. She has also supported a timetable for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. www.pattywetterling.com About Michele Bachmann Michele Bachmann boasts on her campaign website of “a determination to incite conservative change,” and her positions on the issues reflect that. She is an outspoken opponent of reproductive rights and a die-hard supporter of “free-marketdriven” Republican policies on Social Security, health care, the estate tax, and education. Bachmann has received campaign assistance from the D.C. Republican establishment, including Speaker Hastert and Majority Leader Boehner, as well as Dick Cheney and Karl Rove. www.michelebachmann.com Fundraising and Polling As of June 30 Wetterling reported total fundraising of $818,000, with just over $562,000 on hand. Bachmann reported total receipts of nearly $741,000, with $383,000 on hand. There has been no recent public polling in this race. A January poll performed by the Mellman Group (D) put Wetterling ahead of Bachmann 43% to 38%. In that same poll, Bush’s approval rating in the district fell to 40%. Sources: www.washingtonpost.com, www.centerforpolitics.org, www.fec.gov, http://markkennedy.house.gov/, http://electionresults.sos.state.mn.us,www.fec.gov
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