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GOP's Bachmann Mulling Bid for Franken's Senate Seat

Michelle Bachmann, seen in her official 2011 photo, is considering a bid for U.S. Senate. Michelle Bachmann, seen in her official 2011 photo, is considering a bid for U.S. Senate. |  Photo: U.S. House of Representatives, file

January 02, 2018 03:10 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - One-time Republican presidential contender and former U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann says she's considering a run for Sen. Al Franken's seat.

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Franken resigned Tuesday after a cloud of sexual misconduct allegations starting in November. His replacement, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, will be sworn in Wednesday and plans to run for the seat in a November election.

Bachman could join Smith in the race. She told televangelist Jim Bakker during his Dec. 27 show that she is praying about it after being asked to consider a bid.

Bachmann ran unsuccessfully for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012. A deeply conservative Republican with a history of making controversial statements, she served four terms in Congress.

Republican state Sen. Karin Housley has already launched a campaign for Franken's seat.


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