In Bachmann’s narrow win, hints of vulnerability

Published 9:19 am Thursday, November 8, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS — U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is headed back to Washington, but the Tea Party favorite’s toughest race yet suggests a new vulnerability in the wake of her failed presidential run.

Bachmann barely won a fourth term despite vastly outspending an upstart Democrat running his first race. She turned out to be less popular with her constituents than GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney or even a gay marriage ban she championed.

Bachmann seemed to acknowledge as much Wednesday, promising a “laser-like” focus on her job.

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“In my next term, I’ll continue to work every day to create jobs for the people in my district and for the people in our nation, while doing everything I can to be an unwavering voice in Washington for our constitutional conservative values,” Bachmann said in a statement.

She didn’t respond to interview requests.