GOP's Bachmann drops bid for House leadership

A tea party favorite is dropping her bid for a leadership position in the upcoming Republican-controlled House.

Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota said in a statement Wednesday night that she is no longer running for the chairmanship of the Republican House Conference, the party's No. 4 position when it's in the majority.

Bachmann says she supports Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas. Hensarling has received the support of the current Republican whip, Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, as well as other top House Republicans.

Bachmann hasn't been able to match the endorsements Hensarling has received for the post. While she has raised millions of dollars, Bachmann has drawn negative publicity for erroneous and over-the-top statements.

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