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Iowa: Bachmann pledges to stay in race after caucuses

Posted at 9:31 AM on January 1, 2012 by Emily Kaiser
Filed under: Iowa

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Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann came in last in Saturday night's Des Moines Register poll, but the GOP presidential candidate told her supporters yesterday that she's poised to bring in the big numbers on Tuesday.

From the Des Moines Register:


"The 99-county tour was our path to victory," said Bachmann, whose poll numbers have been declining since her victory at the Iowa straw poll in Ames in August.

Her Iowa campaign chairman, Brad Zaun, went so far as to say the campaign expected a top-three finish on Tuesday night.

Regardless of the results, Bachmann will not drop out of the race, she told the throng of media gathered in the office. "Across our 99-county tour people kept telling me to do what we did to Ron Paul in the Sioux City debate to Barack Obama in the upcoming debates," she said.

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