Rep. Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannEvangelicals shouldn't be defending Trump in tiff over editorial Mellman: The 'lane theory' is the wrong lane to be in White House backs Stephen Miller amid white nationalist allegations MORE (Minn.) dropped her bid to become the House GOP conference chairwoman late Wednesday.

Bachmann, a darling of the Tea Party movement, ended her weeklong run against fellow conservative Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) after it became apparent that Hensarling had the votes to win the leadership election.

Bachmann was quick to endorse Hensarling, whom her supporters had painted as the "establishment" candidate in the race to be the fourth-ranking House Republican in the 112th Congress.

“Jeb Hensarling has my enthusiastic support for his candidacy to become Republican House Conference chair. 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 in a statement released late Wednesday.

Bachmann said that she spoke with the presumptive Speaker, Rep. John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLongtime House parliamentarian to step down Five things we learned from this year's primaries Bad blood between Pelosi, Meadows complicates coronavirus talks MORE (R-Ohio), and "other members of leadership," and is "convinced they will wholeheartedly work toward the issues the American people are calling for, such as fiscal responsibility, ending the bailouts and repealing ObamaCare.”

Hensarling responded to Bachmann's announcement in short order.

In a statement, he called Bachmann a "committed movement conservative whose effective voice played an important role in America’s decision to trust House Republicans once again. 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." 

The end of Bachmann's bid for the position clears the way for relatively painless GOP leadership elections next week.

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At this point, only the GOP Policy Committee chairmanship is contested. Reps. Tom Price (Ga.) and Connie Mack (Fla.) are running for the position, currently held by Michigan Rep. Thaddeus McCotter.

But as it stands, the rest of the leadership positions are uncontested.

BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLongtime House parliamentarian to step down Five things we learned from this year's primaries Bad blood between Pelosi, Meadows complicates coronavirus talks MORE is up for Speaker, Rep. Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorThe Hill's Campaign Report: Florida hangs in the balance Eric Cantor teams up with former rival Dave Brat in supporting GOP candidate in former district Bottom line MORE (Va.) for House majority leader, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) for majority whip, Hensarling for conference chairman, Rep. Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersHillicon Valley: Trump backs potential Microsoft, TikTok deal, sets September deadline | House Republicans request classified TikTok briefing | Facebook labels manipulated Pelosi video Top House Republicans request classified TikTok briefing More than 100 lawmakers urge IRS to resolve stimulus payment issues MORE (Wash.) for conference vice chairwoman, Rep. John Carter (Texas) for conference secretary and Rep. Pete Sessions (Texas) for National Republican Congressional Committee chairman.