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article imageRep. Michele Bachmann suspends presidential campaign

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By Andrew Moran     Jan 4, 2012 in Politics
Des Moines - Minnesota Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann announced at a news conference at 11 a.m. that she will suspend her presidential campaign. This comes as she finished last among the contending candidates in Iowa.
It wasn’t too long ago that Congresswoman Michele Bachmann was considered a frontrunner. She polled quite well and she won a close victory at the Ames Straw Poll. But now the GOP Minnesota Congresswoman Michele is reportedly set to suspend her bid for the White House.
“Last night, the people in Iowa spoke with a very clear voice, and so I have decided to step aside,” Bachmann told an audience in West Des Moines.
After a disappointing finish at the Iowa Caucuses Tuesday night, campaign staffers are telling media outlets that the former Minnesota state senator will formally announce her campaign suspension.
The official results show that Bachmann finished in fifth place out of six – or last place among contenders since former Utah Governor Jon Hunstman did not campaign in the state of Iowa. Bachmann garnered five percent, or 6,073 votes.
Speculation began after Bachmann cancelled her trip to South Carolina in order to call a news conference in Iowa.
The Tea Party figure caused quite a stir throughout the campaign, most notably her debate confrontation with Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul over Iran, its possible nuclear weapon and what the role of the United States should be.
Bachmann isn’t the only one reassessing her bid for the Republican nomination.
Former frontunner and Texas Governor Rick Perry stated during his speech Tuesday night that he was heading back to his state instead of traveling to South Carolina.
“With a little prayer and a little reflection, I’m going to decide the best path forward,” said Perry to the crowd of his supporters. “I’ve decided to return to Texas to determine whether there is a path forward for myself in this race.”
Update: Bachmann officially announces at 11:21 a.m. news conference that she will "stand aside."
Bachmann stated that she will continue to “fight for this country” and will fight to end Obamacare and the administration’s “socialist policies.”
The congresswoman added that she will continue to help stop Washington’s spending, help keep the country “free, safe and sovereign” and will “fight to end excessive government regulation and tax code.”
This is a breaking news story, please check back soon for further updates.
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