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  • "In a race, it always has to be two candidates, and people oftentimes look worse until the other candidate is announced," Mr. Kiedrowski said. "I also think she was so strident in her views and so conservative in her views that I think there may be some independents who just got tired of it. Some think that she had gone over the line."

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  • Jay Kiedrowski, a senior fellow at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs, cited the recent polling as a weakening of Mrs. Bachmann's support — though he still says the odds favor her in November.

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