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Michele Bachmann ends presidential campaign



Michele Bachmann left the race for president Wednesday morning, becoming the first casualty of the Iowa caucuses.

"The people of Iowa spoke with a clear voice, so I have decided to stand aside," she said at a Marriott hotel, flanked on a podium by her large family. "I have no regrets. We made a very important contribution to this race."

Bachmann finished sixth, just ahead of Jon Huntsman, who did not compete in the Hawkeye state. She won the Ames straw poll in August and for a brief time led the field. But Bachmann was undone by a string of false statements and gaffes that shook the confidence of her tenuous support.

Dozens of reporters were on hand for the announcement, the last gasp of action in Iowa as the race shifts to New Hampshire. Bachmann invoked her faith and said she ran to oppose President Barack Obama's health care law and insisted she made an impact in raising issues.

Story here. Read PolitiFact's farewell to Bachmann here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 11:57am]


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