WASHINGTON — Sixth District Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann will seek re-election to the House of Representatives this fall.
Bachmann dropped her presidential bid three weeks ago after a disappointing 6th place finish in the Iowa caucuses, but had not committed to running for re-election to her House seat, which she has held since 2007. She told the Associated Press in an interview that she would seek a fourth term, and a spokesperson confirmed the report to MinnPost this morning.
“I’m looking forward to coming back and bringing a strong, powerful voice to Washington, D.C.,” Bachmann told the AP.
A state court panel is currently drawing new congressional district lines, and the 6th needs to shrink significantly. The court is mulling three separate district plans — one supported by the Republican-controlled state Legislature that would shore up Republican support in the district, a Democratic plan that would bring large numbers of liberal voters and a third plan from the state DFL Party that would move Bachmann’s hometown of Stillwater into Rep. Betty McCollum’s strongly Democratic 4th District.
Bachmann raised national liberal fervor after a controversial 2008 interview in which she questioned then-candidate Barack Obama’s patriotism. In 2010, she ran the most expensive House re-election campaign in the country, raising more than $13.5 million in defeating state Sen. Tarryl Clark 53-40. Despite favorable demographics in her district it was the first time she had received more than 50 percent of the vote.
No Democrat has yet announced plans to run in the 6th District, but DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin said voters have grown wary of Bachmann.
“The American people have overwhelmingly rejected her extreme right wing agenda, and the people of Minnesota have shown the same dissatisfaction,” he said in a statement. “It is time for Michele Bachmann to put her Tea Party initiatives aside and finally start working for the people of her district.”
Bachmann announced her presidential run last summer, and spent much of the fall campaigning in Iowa, where she was born. She won the Iowa Straw Poll in August, but her polls numbers fell precipitously and never recovered. She received only 5 percent of the vote on caucus night, and she dropped out of the race the next morning. During the campaign, Bachmann was rarely in Washington and she missed more than 90 percent of House votes since September.
Bachmann returns to a state where many voters say they would rather she sit 2012 out. Only 37 percent of Minnesotans would like to see Bachmann run for re-election this year, according to a new statewide poll from Public Policy Polling.