It was about this time four years ago that a small group of bloggers and activists got a call from the Chip Cravaack campaign; the challenger was within the margin of error against 200-term congressman Jim Oberstar.
It was unthinkable.
And was one of the headiest days in my life as a political activist; the Tea Party wave was flipping the unflippable.
I didn’t think I’d see another day like it.
I’m going to lead with all the usual disclaimers; it’s an internal poll, which can make it both more and less trustworthy.
But an internal poll shows Torrey Westrom leading 12-term DFL Rep. Colin Peterson, 44-43, as the race turns into the home stretch:
A new survey released today by the Westrom for Congress campaign reports Republican challenger Torrey Westrom pulling ahead of 12-term incumbent Democrat Congressman Collin Peterson. Westrom now enjoys a lead among likely voters in Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District (44%-43%), while thirteen percent (13%) are undecided
Of course, that’s a lot of undecideds – but then, that’s the point of releasing the polling news; to create the “bandwagon effect” that drives campaigns over the finish line in style. Fact is, even if it’s close, Peterson has got to be sweating bricks right now; rarely do challengers get within a three-digit margin of northwestern Minnesota’s ag pork king.
If this poll is even within 3-4 points of accurate, it’s bad news for the DFL.
My November 5 dream: Torrey Westrom, Stewart Mills and Tom Emmer not only start measuring their drapes in Washington, but flip Minnesota’s congressional delegation not only red, but solidly right-of-center.