Michele Bachmann, the firebrand conservative 2012 presidential contender, said Wednesday she will not seek re-election to the House of Representatives when her term ends but did not rule out another run for the White House.
Bachmann, a Minnesota Republican, faced a House challenge from Democrat Jim Graves, who came within 1 point of beating her in 2012. But fear of a difficult race in 2014 was not her reason for leaving the House, she said in a video on her website.
“I have every confidence that if I ran, I would again defeat the individual who I defeated last year,“ said Bachmann, whose term ends in early January 2015.
Bachmann also said that ethics probes being conducted by the Federal Election Commission and Office of Congressional Ethics into the handling of money for her presidential race were not a factor in her decision.