In an early morning video released May 29, 6th District Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has announced she will not be seeking re-election in 2014.
The four-term congresswoman is coming off a hotly contested race with DFL challenger Jim Graves, who she narrowly defeated by just more than 4,000 votes last November.
Graves had already announced he planned to run against Bachmann again in fall 2014.
In her video, Bachmann brushed off any thoughts that she had concerns about defeating Graves in the 2014 election, noting that if she ran, she would be re-elected. She also said her decision had nothing to do with the recent federal inquiry into the activities of her former presidential campaign or her former presidential staff.
In her video she said she’d already been considering not running again last fall after she pulled out of the presidential race, but thought it would have been a difficult “for another Republican candidate to get organized for what might have been a very challenging campaign.”
Bachmann defeated Graves 179,240 to 174,944, carrying 50.4 percent of 6th District voters to 49.3 percent for Graves.