Michele Bachmann has decided that she will not run for former Sen. Al Franken’s (D) Minnesota seat, saying that she did not get a “sense from the lord” that she should launch a bid, according to The Hill.
“It became very clear to me that I wasn’t hearing any call from God to do this,” Bachmann told radio host Jan Markell, as reported Monday by Minnesota Public Radio.
Bachmann, a former GOP representative and presidential candidate, said in a January interview that she was considering running for Franken’s seat, and that she would be “asking God” if she should run.
Days later, a billboard in St. Paul depicted “God” telling Bachmann that she shouldn’t.
Franken stepped down from the Senate early this year after several accusations of sexual misconduct against him prompted multiple Democratic colleagues to call for his resignation.
Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith (D) was sworn in as Franken’s replacement, and she has said she will run in November in a special election to finish the last two years of his term.
Bachmann served eight years in Congress and ran for president in 2012, dropping out after the Iowa caucus. She serves as a member of President Trump’s evangelical advisory board.