Bachmann Drops Out Of Race

Bachmann makes her decision known in Des Moines

Michele Bachmann announced the end of her presidential bid Wednesday, a day after she came in a dismal sixth place in the Iowa caucus.

“Last night the people of Iowa spoke with a very clear voice and so I have decided to stand aside,” Bachmann told a crowd of supporters in West Des Moines.

“I will continue fighting to defeat the president’s agenda of socialism,” she added.

Just last night, Bachmann vowed to fight on for the Republican nomination. But low on funds, she must also fight for re-election to her Minnesota congress seat, which is up for grabs in November.

The Republican cancelled all her planned South Carolina appearances early Wednesday and set a special press conference for 11am in Des Moines, reports USA Today. It was widely speculated she would announce the end of her campaign at that point. A senior Republican official familiar with Bachmann’s campaign later confirmed the rumors to The National Journal.

Many conservative leaders had been calling for Bachmann to drop out during the Iowa caucus, arguing she was splitting the influential Christian-conservative vote with former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum. Several evangelical leaders in the state wound up backing Santorum, who lost the election to Mitt Romney by only 8 votes.

Bachmann narrowly edged out Texas congressman Ron Paul at the Ames Straw Poll last August, but since then her poll numbers tanked and never recovered.

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