Bachmann wins re-election in tight race
November 7th, 2012
06:57 AM ET
9 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. MarieMD

    The dumb got dumber in her district!!!
    Is she calling for a revolution again?

    November 7, 2012 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  2. Steven Colo

    Well, dang. We can't win 'em all.

    November 7, 2012 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  3. joseph

    Well there is always a rotten apple that makes it through, hopefully this is the last time.

    November 7, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  4. Dilip Samuels

    What a TRAGEDY for America- Bachmann won...right wing nut cases

    November 7, 2012 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  5. bb

    I demand a recount!

    November 7, 2012 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F

    Steve King, Michele Bachmann, and Paul Braun will still be in Washington to represent the craziest people on the face of the Earth.

    November 7, 2012 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  7. G Markus

    I can see that the Tea Party supporters are more civilized and more morally upright than the others. The others are abominably corrupt! Imagine the insults here. Very beastly indeed!

    November 7, 2012 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  8. Gurgyl

    Two more years–with that attitude she is OUT.

    November 7, 2012 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  9. Gurgyl

    Next time, she is out.

    November 7, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  10. Rameses007

    I hope she does not take anymore federal aid for her family farms again because it is "welfare".

    November 7, 2012 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  11. got brains in NY

    Unbelievable. I guess it takes all kinds. I only hope this hateful, ignorant, poor excuse of a representative will come out from under the haze of delusion she lives in, and faces the reality that our nation does not agree with her brand of divisive politics.

    November 7, 2012 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  12. Kwhite

    755 votes and she out spent her opponent Jim Graves by tens of millions – 'cause that is what it takes for her to win. She must buy the election. Her nasty ads should have been enough to sway the people of District 6 – Sorry America! Please know the vast majority of us in Minnesota would have booted that nutjob but good.

    November 7, 2012 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  13. linda

    This is scary Minisota......what were you thinking? To all those who yesterday told Obama to start packing up his desk and get ready to move out.......well we know how that turned out.......Thank God that Obama won.....having Romney/Ryan in the White House really scared the hell out of most Americans.....

    November 7, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  14. shipdog7

    Stop whining. Maybe you are the minority in your hating this person getting elected again. I am not a Republican. But I admire Michelle. I watch her answer questions in a very polite manner. While the person across from her is raising their voice in objection, she waits patiently to answer them. No screaming and trying to out talk her opponent. But i guess that is where we are at today. Everyone is angry. Everyone thinks they have THE answer to today's problems. They are actually the problem with today's crisis. Starting from the top of government ... down...rude, sarcasm. belligerent is the norm.

    November 7, 2012 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  15. Marsha

    Michele needs to live her own humbled!!! Honor the wishes of the American people and represent them by working cooperatively with the LEADER they chose. Your ridiculous ideas and statements should have put you on the unemployment line, you have been given another chance to WOMAN UP.

    November 7, 2012 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  16. Al-NY,NY

    ugh. What a joke she is. Can we pray her away??

    November 7, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  17. Erich

    Shipdog7, Bachmann outspent her opponent 12-1, she has called fellow House members "unAmerican," fearmongered about communists, marxists and muslims, but you think the problem is that someone was rude to her once? Wake up!

    November 7, 2012 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  18. Luckylady

    Just when I thought the people in Minnesota were getting smarter, guess not!

    November 7, 2012 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  19. Cogito

    I just lost what little respect I had for Minnesota.

    November 7, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  20. Wake up People!

    People like this nutjob are the cause of much of the gridlock and the divisiveness in Washington today. I am so disappointed in the people of MN. She hates the govt so much, why is she a part of it then?? Are we in store for more witch hunts? She should be gone, so should Boehner, and Lyin Ryan.

    November 7, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  21. Bob

    My God, the people in her district are either stupid or ignorant of reality, or both.

    November 7, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  22. flamingdish

    I like that idea. Let's pray away the cray.

    November 7, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  23. Mike

    The people of MN should honestly get together, go to her office, push their way in get her and all of the things in her office and toss them out on the street. This woman is a disgrace to America, not just MN. Seriously, the woman is brainless and ultimately I think she has no real moral fiber.

    November 7, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. DaveC

    She is going to find out just how much in a minority she really is. Her buddies Joe Walsh, Bob God and Biggert from Illinois all are going home. It is going to be really, really lonely up there. In 2014 it is going to get even lonelier is she doesn't stop acting like a fool.

    November 7, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  25. Roy

    How can her district be so blind....

    November 7, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
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