DES MOINES, Iowa (WCCO/AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann is canceling her campaign trip to South Carolina after a dismal showing in the Iowa caucuses.

Campaign manager Keith Nahigan tells The Associated Press that the Minnesota congresswoman plans a news conference in Iowa later Wednesday morning. Nahigan would not say whether Bachmann intends to drop out.

Bachmann placed well behind Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry in Tuesday’s caucus vote.

Bachmann told a small group of supporters Tuesday night that she’s staying in the presidential race as the only true conservative who can defeat the sitting president. The Minnesota congresswoman told an anemic crowd of just a few dozen supporters, “There are many more chapters to be written on the path to our party’s nomination.”

Bachmann’s showing was a sharp turn after she finished in first place in the Iowa GOP’s summer straw poll.

The New Hampshire primary is the next contest in the race. But Bachmann’s strategy has her effectively writing off that Jan. 10 contest and focusing on the Southern state that, at least on paper, is a better fit for her brand of conservatism. The South Carolina primary is on Jan. 21.

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Comments (18)
  1. Toast and coffee says:

    There is a God !
    Now the question remains – can she actually come back to her District and do the work she should? Naaaaa – lets campaign somewhere else so we don’t have to show our smug mug again.
    bye MB

    1. Tom says:

      @ Toast and coffee:

      Her followers in the 6th District will beg her to her to keep her senate seat as they would be totally lost without her.

      1. Anthony says:

        PLEASE! Take her! I live in her district and she hasn’t done ONE THING for us other than spew hate and fear. I pray to god she just withers away into the political background and loses her next re-election bid for Congress. But that is wishful thinking.

        1. Tom says:

          @ Anthony:

          Bachmann’s followers don’t really vote for her based on “issues” as they do on her beliefs. And that her beliefs match their beliefs!

  2. smb says:

    No!! If she drops out she may actually come back here.

  3. TomK says:

    The handwriting was on the wall awhile ago and she just can’t read. Will she return and do the job she i being paid to do? Doubtful. And her ‘loyal brain dead supporters’ need to find another O . Poor Poor Michelle……now she is gonna live off our pocketbooks for the rest of her life. That’s what I said! She is now eligible for her lifetime pension from the House of Rep and all the perks that go with it.

    1. No lifetime pension says:

      I hope you realize that the “lifetime pension” is a smear campaign by the right to try to get rid of pensions, those dirty financial arrangements. There is really no such thing available for congress or anyone else. You get out what you put in only, much like a legalized ponzi scheme. Watch out for right wing radio show statements. Check out the truth on snopes.

      1. @No lifetime pension says:

        Oh that’s right! Those politicians paid in money to that “lifetime pension fund”, so it’s like their own personal 401k fund, only it comes from… from… tax payers money? Ah yes.

        “You get out what you put in only”… clueless.

        Yes… yes… snopes is so accurate. you go get all your information from snopes and then straight to walmart to buy more pillows to bite.

    2. Tom says:

      @ TomK:

      Very true!

      Apparently all those pastors she called to help her did not work!

  4. maxey says:

    We can’t lose Herman Cain, Michele and Rick Perry in a matter of weeks. What will the race be without lapses and blunders? Boring, that’s what.

    1. peace says:

      Don’t worry, Obama is still around. He’ll be visiting how many states this time….57??

      1. The Truth says:

        Once again, Repukelicans only have one mistake made by Obama over the past four years that they can point to. By the way, how about this quote from the article: The Minnesota congresswoman told an anemic crowd of just a few dozen supporters. Hilarious.

  5. peace says:

    We always complain that government keeps doing the same thing over and over. With Michele or even Herman Cain, we had a chance to try and get ourselves out of this spin cycle. Well instead, we’ll just keep repeating the same mistakes over and over with either Obama or Romney in charge. No one should complain, we get what we vote for. We’re headed for 3rd word class status and that appears to be exactly what is going to happen.

    1. Anthony says:

      Yeah. Because Michelle (who couldn’t find her way out of a paper bag) and Herman would be so much better than Obama or Romney. I find it funny how some people honestly believe Michelle Bachmann or Herman Cain would be the saviors of this country and would immediately solve all of our problems after taking office.

      As for 3rd World country status. Highly unlikely.

  6. Pity her actually says:

    So “sources” confirm she’s calling it a day…… duh

    I just pray to God she is so dang embarrassed she calls all a day and moves on. Maybe to Iran or Iraq or such where the news media is less. A cave with Marcus and his “friend” even. She could even foster kids there – for free, without bleeding the taxpayer.

  7. ImmesenaK says:

    I would like my camera pictures looked this good

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