Tea Party favorite Michele Bachmann, a GOP conservative who ran for president last year, made a surprise announcement Wednesday and said she will not seek re-election to a fifth term in Congress.
The Minnesota Republican was facing inquiries into her 2012 presidential campaign and a potential 2014 rematch with Democrat Jim Graves, a wealthy hotel executive who came within about 4,300 votes of defeating her in November. She had already bought airtime in Minnesota to begin running campaign ads.
“My decision was not influenced by any concerns about my being re-elected,” Bachmann said in a video posted on her website.
Bachmann added, “This decision was not impacted in any way by the recent inquiries into the activities of my former presidential campaign.”