Bachmann wins re-election in tight race
November 7th, 2012
06:57 AM ET
2 years ago

Bachmann wins re-election in tight race

Washington (CNN) – Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann, a darling of the tea party who ran unsuccessfully for the GOP presidential nomination, has won re-election to a fourth term in the House, CNN projects.

Her Democratic challenger Jim Graves, a wealthy businessman, faced long odds against Bachmann, but campaigned on a message that the conservative congresswoman had abandoned her district in her bid for higher office.

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Bachmann raised a record amount of money and warned her supporters in multiple emails almost on a daily basis that Democrats were targeting her race.

“It has truly been an honor and a privilege to represent the people of Minnesota’s Sixth District in Congress, and I am humbled that they have placed their trust in me for another term," Bachmann said in a statement. "I pledge to continue to work everyday to create jobs and do everything I can to make life more affordable for Minnesota's families."

A former Minnesota judge, Bachmann was an early supporter of the tea party and one of the most vocal opponents of the president's health care plan, which she and others critics labelled "Obamacare." She was also a founder of the "tea party caucus" in the House.

See results from Bachmann's race here, and a profile of the race here.


Filed under: 2012 • Congress • House • Michele Bachmann • Minnesota
soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. jnpa

    Well, that's definitely a re-election that should never have happened. Is she still trying to pray away the gays?

    November 7, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. Debbie

    Wow! I guess Minnesota is even more strange than Texas. She is completely insane. Poor Minnesota.

    November 7, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. Pete

    Bachmanns a head case and should be institutionalized she's that mad..Her gay husband as well and if he's not gay she'd turn him anyway wouldn't she in being bipolar or just plain crazy!!

    November 7, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. gus

    dont blame all of Minnesota. She wasnt in my district so I couldnt do anything about it

    November 7, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. Brenda

    I would like to know what these commenters actually object to with the "Tea Party"?

    Preamble: The Tea Party Movement is an all-inclusive American grassroots movement with the belief that everyone is created equal and deserves an equal opportunity to thrive in these United States where they may “pursue life, liberty and happiness” as stated in the Declaration of Independence and guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States.
    No one is excluded from participation in the Tea Party Movement. Everyone is welcomed to join in seeking to achieve the Tea Party Movement goals, which are as follows:
    Goals: 1. Eliminate excessive taxes. 2. Eliminate National Debt. 3. Eliminate deficit spending. 4. Protect free markets. 5. Abide by the Constitution of the United States. 6. Promote Civic Responsbility. 7. Reduce the overall size over government. 8. Believe in the People. 9. Avoid the pitfalls of politics. 10. Maintain local independence.

    What here is there to object to?

    Just because Bachmann supports the Tea Party, doesn't mean she IS the Tea Party.

    November 7, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. SKL

    Well WI voted for a nut when they elected Baldwin...

    November 7, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  7. Brenda

    I would like to know what these commenters actually object to with the "Tea Party"?

    The Tea Party Movement is an all-inclusive American grassroots movement with the belief that everyone is created equal and deserves an equal opportunity to thrive in these United States where they may “pursue life, liberty and happiness” as stated in the Declaration of Independence and guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States.
    No one is excluded from participation in the Tea Party Movement. Everyone is welcomed to join in seeking to achieve the Tea Party Movement goals, which are as follows:

    Goals: 1. Eliminate excessive taxes. 2. Eliminate National Debt. 3. Eliminate deficit spending. 4. Protect free markets. 5. Abide by the Constitution of the United States. 6. Promote Civic Responsbility. 7. Reduce the overall size over government. 8. Believe in the People. 9. Avoid the pitfalls of politics. 10. Maintain local independence.

    What here is there to object to? Just because Bachmann supports the Tea Party, doesn't mean she IS the Tea Party.

    November 7, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  8. JBB

    If we can survive Obama, we can survive Bachmann as well.

    November 7, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  9. filmsatyr

    You simply can't judge an entire state by one single backwards district.

    November 7, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  10. Brenda

    What is there to object to with the Tea Party. Their goals are: Goals: 1. Eliminate excessive taxes. 2. Eliminate National Debt. 3. Eliminate deficit spending. 4. Protect free markets. 5. Abide by the Constitution of the United States. 6. Promote Civic Responsbility. 7. Reduce the overall size over government. 8. Believe in the People. 9. Avoid the pitfalls of politics. 10. Maintain local independence.

    Michelle is not the Tea Party.

    November 7, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. Brenda

    Three attemps at a post in support and 3 rejections from CNN?

    November 7, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
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