) -- Rep. Michele Bachmann (R., Minn.), a former GOP presidential hopeful, announced Wednesday she would seek a fourth term in Congress, but she likely will have to wait for Minnesota redistricting before a Democratic opponent emerges.

The announcement came three weeks after the congresswoman officially suspended her campaign because of an unimpressive sixth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses, a race in which she hoped a strong result would catapult her chances for the GOP nomination.

Michele Bachmann

"I'm looking forward to coming back and bringing a strong, powerful voice to Washington, D.C.," Bachmann said, according to

The Associated Press


No Democratic opponents have yet emerged because they await formal redistricting by the state legislature, Ken Martin, chairman of Minnesota's Democratic-Farmer Labor Party, told the



Bachmann won Minnesota's sixth district in the 2010 elections against Democrat Tarryl Clark, 52.5% to 39.8%.

Of Bachmann's three races, her narrowest victory came in 2008 when she beat Democrat Elwyn Tinklenberg, 46% to 43%, in a race that had been deemed a toss-up ahead of the election.

-- Written by Joe Deaux in New York.

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