Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s scene-stealing announcement during last night’s debate that she’s definitely in the presidential race means she’s out of the running for re-election to her 6th Congressional District seat. At least for now.
State law says she can’t run for Congress and president on the same ballot, but there’s still plenty of time to make a change.
The AP has a story today saying that she can drop out of the presidential race and get back into the congressional race by June 5, 2012. That’s after the major presidential primaries but before the Republican National Convention makes a final choice of candidate.
One wag tweeted that Tarryl Clark might not have to move to Duluth, after all.
Clark lost her bid to unseat Bachmann last year, then announced she would try to run in 2012 as a Democrat in the 8th District against freshman Republican Chip Cravaack. Redistricting, though, might derail that plan, too.