Bachmann takes 6th District GOP primary

Rep. Michele Bachmann
Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., explains the need for more oil drilling and production during a July 7 news conference. Bachmann won the GOP endorsement for Minnesota's 6th Congressional District.
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Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann easily won the 6th District GOP primary on Tuesday.

Bachmann, a first-term incumbent, defeated GOP challenger Aubrey Immelman, an associate professor of psychology at St. John's University.

Immelman, a first-time candidate, did not accept any campaign contributions. He walked across the congressional district last month to draw attention to his campaign.

Bachmann said she is working hard to earn voter support and reduce government spending.

"I took a pledge to not take any earmarks and to not seek any earmarks for pork barrel spending, and to cut wasteful spending. And we haven't had any this year. The speaker of the House it appears has chosen to not have congress do any earmarks this year," Bachmann said.

Bachmann now faces DFL candidate Elwyn Tinklenberg, the state transportation commissioner.

Bob Anderson is also running in the 6th District as an Independence Party candidate. 5th District DFL Congressman Keith Ellison also defeated his challenger Gregg Iverson.

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