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Former Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, a tea party favorite, is facing stiff opposition in her congressional re-election campaign from Democrat Jim Graves. (Associated Press)

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Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican, said she’s in “the most heated race” of her career to defend her House seat against Democratic challenger Jim Graves. (Associated Press)

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Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican, said she’s in “the most heated race” of her career to defend her House seat against Democratic challenger Jim Graves. (Associated Press)

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“I know I made a distinct contribution in the race,” says Rep. Michele Bachmann at a “treasure life” event. “I made the repeal of the president’s health care plan the signature issue of my race, and Mitt Romney has fully embraced that position.” (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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“I know I made a distinct contribution in the race,” says Rep. Michele Bachmann at a “treasure life” event. “I made the repeal of the president’s health care plan the signature issue of my race, and Mitt Romney has fully embraced that position.” (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Audience members listen as former presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks at a "treasure life" event as part of the Republican National Coalition for Life and Republican National Convention, Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, August 28, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Former presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks at a "treasure life" event as part of the Republican National Coalition for Life and Republican National Convention, Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, August 28, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Former presidential candidates Sen. Rick Santorum, Rep. Michele Bachmann and Gov. Rick Perry speak at a "treasure life" event as part of the Republican National Coalition for Life and Republican National Convention, Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, August 28, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Former presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann attends a "treasure life" event as part of the Republican National Coalition for Life and Republican National Convention. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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A copy of a prepared speech is seen as Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn, not pictured, speaks outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday, June 28, 2012, after the court's ruling on President Barack Obama's health care law was announced. AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn, speaks outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday, June 28, 2012, after the court's ruling on President Barack Obama's health care law was announced. AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Rep. Michele Bachmann, with her husband, Marcus, announces in West Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, that she will end her Republican presidential campaign after finishing sixth in Tuesday's Iowa Republican caucuses. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holds the hands of Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican, on May 3, 2012, at a campaign stop in Portsmouth, Va. (Associated Press)

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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, from right, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell arrive at a campaign stop in Portsmouth, Va., Thursday, May 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, from right, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell arrive at a campaign stop in Portsmouth, Va., Thursday, May 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holds the hands of Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican, on May 3, 2012, at a campaign stop in Portsmouth, Va. (Associated Press)

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Former Presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) chats with Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex) as they wait to speak to a crowd during a Tea Party Patriots rally in front of the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, March 28, 2012, as the nation's high court takes up arguments regarding President Obama's health care overhaul. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

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Former Presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) poses for a photo with Lisa Nancollas of Lewistown, Pa., as Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex) stands at left as they wait to speak to a crowd during a Tea Party Patriots rally in front of the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, March 28, 2012, as the nation's high court takes up arguments regarding President Obama's health care overhaul. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

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Former Republican presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain share a laugh after running into each other backstage at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Feb. 9, 2012, at the Marriott Wardman Park in D.C. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Former Presidential Candidate Michele Bachmann, left, and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), second from right, are interviewed while attending 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)