Michelle Bachmann Suspends Campaign
January 4, 2012 by staff
Michelle Bachmann Suspends Campaign, MICHELE Bachmann – the arch right-wing Minnesota congresswoman and Republican presidential hopeful – today suspended her White House campaign after a dismal showing in the Iowa caucus, which was won by the slimmest margin by centrist Mitt Romney.
Surprise package conservative Rick Santorum came within eight votes of Romney him in a dramatic finish.
Bachmann first cancelled her campaign trip to South Carolina on Wednesday and followed up shortly afterwards by essentially quitting the race.
Bachmann (55) told a dwindling band of supporters on Tuesday night that she was staying in the presidential race – despite her sixth-place finish – as the only true conservative who could defeat Barack Obama.
But her faltering campaign has run virtually out of money.
She had peaked early with a first place finish in the Iowa GOP’s summer straw poll.
But by mid- to late September polling showed Bachmann was back to single digits
She then refocused her campaign efforts on Iowa, the state where she grew up. But her sixth place finish was a defeat to heavy to bear on over-night reflection.
The New Hampshire primary is the next contest in the race, closely followed by South Carolina later in the month.
Bachmann clearly decided today that to contest either would be a waste of slim resources and time.
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