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Iowa: Will Bachmann seek re-election in Minnesota?

Posted at 1:22 PM on January 4, 2012 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Iowa, Politics

With Michele Bachmann's race for president officially over, the next question is: Will she seek re-election to her Minnesota House seat? It's not clear.

Bachmann said during the summer that she would not run for re-election to her congressional seat while campaigning for the White House. Now she has until June 5 -- the the last day to file for a Minnesota general election where a primary is possible.

It's also not clear what her district will look like. Congressional district boundaries are being redrawn for the November elections. It's possible Bachmann and DFL Rep. Betty McCollum may find themselves fighting it out in a new, remade district.

MPR News reporter Tom Scheck wrote recently that McCollum was taking the possibility of a Bachmann fight seriously.

The DFL Party proposed a map that would pair McCollum and Bachmann in the same district. McCollum, who lives in St. Paul, currently represents a heavily Democratic district. Bachmann, from Stillwater, represents the GOP leaning 6th District.

It isn't certain whether McCollum will be paired with Bachmann. A special redistricting panel will release its set of maps on Feb. 21 if Gov. Dayton and the GOP-controlled Legislature can't agree before then. The GOP plan doesn't pair any incumbents.

So that Feb. 21 meeting could be key to Bachmann's future plans.

One more wild card: As Bachmann this morning withdrew from the presidential campaign and speculation began that she may seek re-election in Minnesota, Scheck tweeted:

One problem for Bachmann if she makes a reelection run. Those who maxed out to her prez campaign can't give to her Congressional campaign.
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About Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.