Bachmann wins re-election in tight race
November 7th, 2012
06:57 AM ET
1 year 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. tcaatl

    How could the same state that elected Al Franken elect Michelle Bachmann? New state slogan: Minnesota...we're bi-polar!

    November 7, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  2. RICHARD F

    The people of Wisconsin has spoken, they made their bed let them sleep with it.

    November 7, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  3. ketut

    Being from MN and not in her re-structured district I am embarassed. She called her opponent Big Spending Jim but outspent him 12-1. She is a hypocrite plain and simple. She lives off of us and it sickens me.

    November 7, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. Eb

    Wow, I thought Kalifornia voters were nuts...Minnesota is taking the cake. First "Jesse the body" now "Michelle the mindless"....

    November 7, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. Nedbones

    Bachmann won because she successfully gerrymandered her district to include the absolute maximum conservative vote in the State of Minnesota. The district flows like a river from the border of Wisconsin to about 100 miles northwest, skirting any and all urban centers and including all those "exerbs" where the disaffected Posse-Comitatus nuts flee and spout their hateful rhetoric. The rest of Minnesota did the right thing...we successfully defeated two right wing amendments and turned the state legislature to Democratic for the first time in 25 years. Hail the Loon State!

    November 7, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  6. babooph

    A lot of brain transplants are needed in Minn.

    November 7, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. Insight

    Many Tea party candidates are packing up their Tea bag and going home except this trouble maker. What happend to the people of Minnesota?

    November 7, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  8. Michelle

    How did that happen? She is crazy and apparently her constituents are also!

    November 7, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  9. Jim

    How? How did this absolute nut-job get re-elected? Doesn't anyone in WI see that she is absolutely crazy in ever way???

    November 7, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  10. bossmanmillionaire

    She is an embarrassment to MN. What is wrong with you people?

    November 7, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  11. SoSad

    God put Bachmann in office for a reason. God wants us to laugh and be happy.

    November 7, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. Harald

    How can any sane person vote for somebody like Bachman ??? The universe really works in mysterious ways.

    November 7, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. Anonymous

    Please don't judge all Minnesotans on one district- trust the majority of us, we want her OUT!

    November 7, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. Martin

    It's crazies like her that are ruining the GOP. The GOP will continue to lose nationally when they have people like Bachman representing them.

    November 7, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. Brian Wickremasinghe-Woodland Hills

    What ? Elected again. This is insane. This woman has already done a lot of damage to the country.

    November 7, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  16. Boo

    I cannot believe people in Minnesota elected this dingbat again...

    November 7, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  17. Newtonslaw

    How can this be? There might be something in the water in Minnesota? This lady(?) isn't even sane. She's poop shoobe, flip city, a walking version of The Blob. Those of you who have to pass thru Minnesota in the future, please fill your tank up, wouldn't want to run out of gas there.

    November 7, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  18. ffacts

    Bachman primarily wants financial responsibility in government. everyone here who conducts personal attacks are cowards.

    November 7, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  19. ForGoodOfAll

    Michelle Bachman and all of the obstructionists (i.e. Tea Party) in Congress are hateful, destructive, self-serving nay-sayers whose only objectives are to vote down Democratic-initiated policies designed to grow the economy and heal our country. I am so very angry & disappointed that this bigotted, foul woman kept her seat. Obstructionists have no business in a democracy!! The Party of No is suffocating the growth and progress of our great country. If Congress fails to work with our President to fix our national financial woes, I certainly hope that these unproductive, hate-spewing so-called 'representatives' are banished forever from politics.

    November 7, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  20. marinedad05

    This is a big loss for the country.
    It's almost impossible to think how such a nut can even be thought of seriously.

    November 7, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  21. Ohhhh Boy

    As a republican in her district I voted for the Democrate oppentent. Yes, she is to far to the right and a nut job!!!

    November 7, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  22. Tim

    Recount. The margin is to slim to call it!

    November 7, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  23. Osilama Abu from Ontario,canada

    Michelle Bachman,is obviously not the kind of person who canbe of any help to the national discourse in America.Surprised she got re-elected,however her presence will be irrelevant.

    November 7, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  24. DOD

    This is one person who needed to be ousted! Can we see some photos of the people who voted for her? I need to see what these dumb people look like?

    November 7, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  25. FixTheFacts

    I am from MN. She was NOT a former judge. She was a former MN Legislator. It was interesting to hear her commercials and her debate where she said she worked hard for her district and cited her examples. i.e.... she worked with Amy Klobuchar (D – Senator from MN) to get funding for an old, condemned bridge spanning MN and WI replaced. Otherwise, she has been an obstructionist. Maybe this term she will actually try to help. She's got enough insider experience now so her help would actually be welcomed - if, that is, she's willing to change. One can hope!

    November 7, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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