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Bachmann Running for Reelection

January 25, 2012

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., will run for a fourth term in the House, she told the AP in an interview on Wednesday.

"I'm looking forward to coming back and bringing a strong, powerful voice to Washington, D.C.," she told the AP.

Bachmann spent most of the last year running for president. She officially announced her national campaign in June in Waterloo, Iowa, the city of her birth. She skyrocketed to the top of the polls in the first-in-the-nation caucus state and won a high-profile Hawkeye State straw poll in August, but her momentum was slowed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry's entrance into the race.

The congresswoman's campaign struggled through much of the fall in the lead-up to the Iowa caucuses. She finished a disappointing sixth place there on Jan. 3, and suspended her campaign on the following day.

Bachmann was reelected with 53 percent of the vote in the suburban Twin Cities sixth district in 2011 but her district needs to shrink following redistricting and an active standoff over the new map makes her future political outlook unpredictable.

Bachmann's 2010 Democratic opponent, Tarryl Clark, has opted to challenge freshman Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack.

Bachmann was first elected to the House in 2006. She's been a prominent fundraiser and a favorite of conservatives, but has struggled in her attempts to move up the leadership ladder.

She ran for GOP Conference chair in 2010, but dropped her bid against Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling, who won the post.

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