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Bachmann’s options if her presidential campaign runs out of steam

WASHINGTON — If Michele Bachmann fails to get the GOP nomination, she would have a number of moves open to her — each with deadlines and limitations.

Rep. Michele Bachmann greets her supporters during a rally in Costa Mesa, Calif., on Friday.
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Rep. Michele Bachmann greets her supporters during a rally in Costa Mesa, Calif., on Friday.
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If Bachmann returns to Congress after her presidential bid, her newfound national notoriety wouldn’t necessarily translate to more congressional clout. University of Minnesota political science professor Kathryn Pearson said Bachmann would likely follow the Ron Paul model: a large national following and a willingness to break with party leaders in the name of ideology, but not much else in terms of new duties on Capitol Hill.

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(Update: As a reader has noted, I missed another rather compelling option for Bachmann, which would be to challenge Sen. Al Franken in 2014. The group of Republicans looking to get in that race is going to be large, and depending on what happens next fall, Bachmann would have to be considered a possible opponent.)