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.