Bachmann Drops Out of Republican Presidential Race

Posted January 4th, 2012 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination after a poor showing in the first nominating contest in Iowa.

Announcing the end of her candidacy Wednesday, she said she will continue to be a “strong voice” and fight for the country and the “freedom” of the American people. She said she has “no regrets.”

Bachmann placed sixth in Tuesday night's caucuses in Iowa, with just 5 percent of the vote.

Immediately after the results, Bachmann said she would stay in the race. However, by Wednesday morning, it was reported she had canceled a planned trip to South Carolina. She had been scheduled to campaign there ahead of the state's January 21 primary.

Next Tuesday's New Hampshire primary is the next contest in the race, but Bachmann had planned to skip New Hampshire to focus on South Carolina.

Bachmann had a strong showing of popularity in Iowa in August, winning the Iowa straw poll, but saw her campaign suffer after Texas Governor Rick Perry entered the race. Both Bachmann and Perry sought support among those identifying themselves with the conservative Tea Party movement. The group wants to cut taxes and reduce the size of the central government.

Bachmann also faced fundraising difficulties in the last few months of her campaign and the loss of key campaign staff members.