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Iowa: Bachmann puts faith in undecided voters

Posted at 8:45 AM on January 3, 2012 by Michael Olson
Filed under: Iowa, Politics

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Indianola, Iowa, USA -- Michele Bachmann's caravan makes its way through central Iowa Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011. (MPR Photo/Jeffrey Thompson)

Photos: Michele Bachmann's last dash through Iowa

From MPR News' Elizabeth Dunbar

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann says she hopes young voters and others who have committed support will help sway their neighbors at tonight's Iowa caucus.

The Minnesota congresswoman told MPR News' Cathy Wurzer "it's anyone's guess" who will come out on top. Polls are showing that even caucus goers who have committed to a candidate say they could change their mind.

Bachmann says she has a lot of support from voters ages 18-29.

"They're beyond the issue of gender, they're beyond the issue of race. They look at the candidate," she told MPR's Morning Edition.

Bachmann says she expects many caucus goers will make their decisions on the spot. She said she's putting her hopes into the people who have told her they will stand up and speak for her at the caucus.

"People will say 'gee, I didn't know that about Michele. I didn't know she was a tax lawyer. I didn't know that she started a successful company. I didn't know she raised 23 foster kids. I didn't know that she sits on the intelligence committee, [that] of all the candidates in the race she's the only one with national security experience,'" Bachmann said.

"Those pieces of information will all come out on caucus night, and quite literally people will put those pieces of information together and then make their decision on the spot," she said.


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