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Michele Bachmann Drops Out of Race for GOP Conference Chair

Photo Courtesy - Bachmann dot House dot gov(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, has dropped out of the race for GOP Conference Chair, paving the way for Rep. Jeb Hensarling to become the fourth-ranking Republican in the GOP House leadership.

On Tuesday, Bachmann told ABC News that the showdown was an uphill climb, but she was working hard to prove to her colleagues that she would be the best candidate to represent the sentiments that propelled the GOP into the majority in last week’s congressional midterm elections.

However, just a day later, Bachmann has stopped the climb. “Jeb Hensarling has my enthusiastic support for his candidacy to become Republican House Conference Chair," Bachmann announced in a statement Wednesday evening. "Jeb has demonstrated his commitment to limited government, reduced spending and lower taxes and he will be a strong voice for the Tea Party’s call for these values."

Bachmann said she looked forward to continuing her support of the Tea Party during the next session of Congress. "I plan to advance the Tea Party ideals through their listening arm, the Tea Party Caucus," Bachmann said. "It is my wish to bring new faces to the caucus, including freshmen members."

“The new Congress will have great opportunities to lead our country into the direction our founders intended. I spoke with Mr. Boehner and other members of leadership and I am convinced they will wholeheartedly work towards the issues the American people are calling for such as fiscal responsibility, ending the bailouts and repealing Obamacare," Bachmann added.

Rep. Jeb Hensarling, who is now unopposed for the post, praised Bachmann in a statement Wednesday evening for her contributions to the GOP. “Michele Bachmann is a committed movement conservative whose effective voice played an important role in America’s decision to trust House Republicans once again," Hensarling said. "She is a dear friend, and I am humbled to earn her support. I look forward to her energetic leadership in a united House Republican Conference during the 112th Congress."

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Boehner Thanks Pence for Service as GOP Conf. Chair

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- House Republican Leader John Boehner thanked Rep. Mike Pence for his service as the GOP Conference Chairman in a statement Wednesday.

The statement comes after Pence announced he would not seek re-election to the post.

"He has done an outstanding job as our conference chairman, and on behalf of all House Republicans, I thank him for his service on the leadership team," Boehner said.

In a statement, Pence cited, "new opportunities to serve Indiana and our nation in the years ahead," for his decision not to seek re-election.

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