ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — One-time Republican presidential contender and former U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann says she's considering a run for Sen. Al Franken's seat.
Franken resigned Tuesday after a cloud of sexual misconduct allegations starting in November. His replacement, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, will be sworn in Wednesday and plans to run for the seat in a November election.
Bachman could join Smith in the race. She told televangelist Jim Bakker during his Dec. 27 show that she is praying about it after being asked to consider a bid.
Bachmann ran unsuccessfully for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012. A deeply conservative Republican with a history of making controversial statements, she served four terms in Congress.
Republican state Sen. Karin Housley has already launched a campaign for Franken's seat.
- GOP's Bachmann mulling bid for Franken's Senate seat
- Bachmann says she won't run for U.S. Senate
- In Franken's fall, sudden Senate pickup chance for GOP
- Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith named to fill Franken seat
- Franken thanking supporters before exiting Senate
- Sioux City woman challenging Congressman King for GOP bid
- Democrats retain Minnesota Senate seat in swing territory
- 2 Democrats: Minnesota governor's top choice mulling '18 run
- Pop-up car seat clinic
- Franken's exit will set stage for Smith to join Senate