Bachmann suspends presidential campaign
POSTED: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 8:03am
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 7:00pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An adviser says last-place Iowa caucus finisher Michelle Bachmann is ending her presidential campaign.
That leaves her supporters up for grabs as Rick Santorum tries to establish himself as the conservative heavyweight in the Republican race.
Santorum's near-tie with caucus winner Mitt Romney topped a rise from deep in the polls to contender for the presidential nomination.
Like Bachmann, Texas Gov. Rick Perry took a blow in the caucuses - finishing fifth - and he was flying home to decide whether to stay in the race.
Meanwhile, a smiling Romney jetted off to New Hampshire, telling reporters that landslides are terrific but he'd settle for his eight-vote margin of victory.
The Bachmann adviser spoke on condition of anonymity before her expected announcement Wednesday morning.
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 was a distant sixth in Iowa and her campaign is low on money. After the Tuesday night vote, she told reporters that she would carry on.
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.