Hallelujah – Michele Bachman won’t seek re-election

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With an early morning video message to supporters, embattled Rep. Michele Bachmann announced she would not run for re-election next year, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

“The law limits anyone from serving as president of the United States for more than eight years,” said Bachmann. “And in my opinion, well, eight years is also long enough for any individual to serve as a representative for a specific congressional district… Be assured: My decision was not in any way influenced by any concerns about my being reelected to Congress… I have every confidence that if I ran, I would again defeat the individual who I defeated last year, who recently announced he is once again running.”

“The high-profile congresswoman had a narrow re-election last year and is under federal investigation for her 2012 presidential campaign. A recent poll found that a rematch with her 2012 Democratic challenger, Jim Graves, was a dead heat.”

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