Bachus also has at least one primary challenger, Beason, well poised to take him on from the populist right. Beason authored an Arizona-style state immigration law last year that won praise from conservatives.
The question is whether Beason can turn his conservative bona fides into tangible support. To do that, he would need to publicize Bachus's troubles, which may be tricky given that he only filed papers to raise money on Jan. 23. Bachus has over $1 million in the bank after going the last decade without facing a serious primary challenger or even a Democratic general election opponent.
That's where the Campaign for Primary Accountability could come in. The super PAC aids primary challenges in districts dominated by one party, where the primary is effectively the election to Congress. And it reported having nearly $1.8 million to spend at the beginning of the year.
The group sounds like it's gearing up to challenge what spokesperson Curtis Ellis impishly called a "Bacchanalia of sleaze" Monday. "Replacing Spencer Bachus is a civic duty, and we will do what is necessary to make sure that happens," CPA national field director Bob Schuman said. If CPA does decide to empty some of its war chest on Bachus, it should at least result in Bachus's closest primary since he was elected. (He won 75 percent in the 2010 GOP primary.)
Vitale & Associates conducted the poll from Feb. 6-8, calling 302 likely GOP primary voters. The margin of error is 5.7 percent.