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**FILE** Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican, speaks at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., on March 16, 2013. (Associated Press)

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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), right, waves to supporters after speaking at a tea party rally against the Internal Revenue Service entitled, "Audit the IRS" on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, June 19, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), right, waves to supporters after speaking at a tea party rally against the Internal Revenue Service entitled, "Audit the IRS" on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, June 19, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck, left, and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), right, wave to supporters after speaking at a tea party rally against the Internal Revenue Service titled, "Audit the IRS" on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, June 19, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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** FILE ** In this March 16, 2013, file photo, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R- Minn., speaks at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md. Bachmann said Wednesday, May 29, 2013, that she will not run for re-election in 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican

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Former Presidential Candidate Michele Bachmann takes the stage to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican, will not run for re-election in 2014. A proud social conservative, she made an immediate splash in the GOP presidential race in 2011, but voters turned on her, and she dropped out six months later. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this March 16, 2013, file photo, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R- Minn., speaks at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md. Bachmann said Wednesday, May 29, 2013, that she will not run for re-election in 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican, speaks at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., on Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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** FILE ** Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, accompanied by Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., chair of the tea party caucus, speaks during a news conference with tea party leaders about the IRS targeting tea party groups, Thursday, May 16, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

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** FILE ** Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, accompanied by Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., chair of the tea party caucus, speaks during a news conference with tea party leaders about the IRS targeting tea party groups, Thursday, May 16, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

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** FILE ** Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, accompanied by Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., chair of the tea party caucus, speaks during a news conference with tea party leaders about the IRS targeting tea party groups, Thursday, May 16, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

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Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., chairwoman of the Tea Party Caucus, listens at left as while Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks during a news conference with Tea Party leaders about the IRS targeting Tea Party groups, Thursday, May 16, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

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Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., chairwoman of the Tea Party Caucus, listens at left as while Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks during a news conference with Tea Party leaders about the IRS targeting Tea Party groups, Thursday, May 16, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

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"History is filled with stories of political comebacks ... and [Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican] has the capability to rehab her image and change the focus to her work instead of these other issues," said Keith Appeal, a GOP consultant.

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"History is filled with stories of political comebacks ... and [Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican] has the capability to rehab her image and change the focus to her work instead of these other issues," said Keith Keith Appell, a GOP consultant.

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**FILE** Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican, speaks at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., on March 16, 2013. (Associated Press)

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Shown on Fox News, a trusted source among conservatives, are (clockwise from top left) Mitt Romney, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, then-Rep. Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, Rep. Michele Bachmann and Newt Gingrich. (Associated Press)