Michele Bachmann wins 4th term in Congress - KMSP-TV

Michele Bachmann wins 4th term in Congress despite strong challenge

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (KMSP) -

Michele Bachmann has won a fourth term in Congress despite a serious challenge from Democrat Jim Graves.

Bachmann claimed victory early Wednesday morning, holding a lead of a few thousand votes with 99 percent of precincts reporting.

"It has truly been an honor and a privilege to represent the people of Minnesota's 6th District in Congress, and I am humbled that they have placed their trust in me for another term," Bachmann said in a statement. "I pledge to continue to work everyday to create jobs and do everything I can to make life more affordable for Minnesota's families. Our children and grandchildren deserve a future filled with opportunity in a country that is safe and secure, and that's what I'm fighting for in Washington."

"Recount very likely. See you in a few hours," Graves posted on Twitter soon after the Associated Press called the race for Bachmann.

Yet, after getting some sleep, Graves appeared to have softened on his recount prediction when he spoke to FOX 9 at 8 a.m. Wednesday morning.

"Let's hope there isn't a need for a recount," Graves said. "If Michele and Marcus have the vote, then we're going to wish them the best going forward."

In the end, it seems only about 4,200 votes separated the two despite Bachmann's lead in the polls heading into the election.

At 10 a.m., Graves confirmed that he spoke with Bachmann and offered his congratulations.

"I want to congratulate Rep. Bachmann on her victory last night," Graves said in a statement. "We wish her and her family the very best. I also want to thank all of the folks who worked so hard on our campaign over the last seven months. Their support has meant the world to me and my family and we are incredibly humbled by their dedication. We remain hopeful that our country can come together and address the pressing issues before us. Thanks again to all."

For the first time since Bachmann's election to a first term in 2006, there was no Independence Party candidate to pull votes away from her Democratic opponent. Bachmann spent nearly $20 million to fight Graves -- an unbelievable amount of money for a congressional seat.

The 6th District was a bit realigned this year, dropping Bachmann's hometown of Stillwater, Minn., but gaining a large chunk of very conservative Carver County.

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