Rep. Michele Bachmann has won the most expensive campaign in the history of the House of Representatives, MinnPost can now project.
Bachmann leads Tarryl Clark 52-40 with about half of all precincts reporting in a race where every form of media was saturated with ads since well before Labor Day. Bachmann raised more than $11 million, blowing out records for an incumbent, while Clark set records for a challenger with $4.2 million.
Attention for Bachmann now turns to her role in the next session, with speculation mounting that she’ll make a bid for a spot in the GOP’s House leadership.
Bachmann, who founded the House Tea Party Caucus, said she’ll start an action-oriented “Constitutional Conservatives Caucus” that will, among other things, hold classes on the Constitution for members and staff. However, there may be a bigger post out there for her.
The head of the House Republican Conference may be open, and Bachmann staffers say several Republican representatives have asked her to take a look at that spot. Her reply to Sean Hannity, when he asked her about it: “There may be positions that open up and if that’s the case I certainly would.”