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Bachmann to break silence about decision to not seek re-election

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Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., who stunned congressional observers May 29 when she announced in a video that she would not seek re-election, plans to discuss her decision for the first time in an interview Thursday on Fox News.

She plans to appear on Fox host Sean Hannity's show on Thursday night, the show announced. The show airs at 8 p.m. Central time.

Hannity has been a financial supporter of Bachmann's campaigns. He and his wife gave Bachmann $10,000 in 2010, the Star Tribune reported.

Bachmann has declined prior interview requests since her announcement, including requests from the Star Tribune, the newspaper reported.

The Sixth District race was blown wide open when Bachmann announced she would not seek a fifth term, and then her DFL opponent Jim Graves also withdrew from the race.

Former GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer on Wednesday announced that he would seek Bachmann's seat.

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