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Bachmann bows out

Sara Smith, Staff Reporter
January 12, 2012
Filed under News

                The 2012 Iowa caucus will be recorded as the third closest political election in U.S. history. Former governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, lead the race with 24.6 percent of the votes, squeaking out an 8-vote win over front-runner Rick Santorum. The Iowa caucus took place on Tuesday, January 3, starting at 7 P.M. CT. Votes were counted up until early Wednesday morning. Ron Paul came in third with 21.5 percent of the votes, followed by Newt Gingrich with 13.3 percent, Rick Perry with 10.3 percent, and Michele Bachmann with 5 percent. This year’s caucus also set a record for turnout, with 122,255 total votes cast. The previous record for the GOP caucus was 119,000 votes, set in 2008.

                Rep. Bachmann officially announced the end of her presidential campaign after finishing in last place in the Iowa caucus. Bachmann did not take questions after her announcement nor did she talk about her plans, including whether she would endorse another Republican for the presidential nomination or even whether she would seek re-election to Congress. Bachmann stated that her political career was far from over.

                “I’ll continue to fight for you, for more liberty and to stop the overspending in Washington,” Bachmann said. “I mean what I say, and I say what I mean.”

                The New Hampshire Primary is scheduled to take place Tuesday Jan. 10. With only 12 delegates at stake (a candidate would need at least 1,114 out of 2,286 delegates to win their party) the Iowa and New Hampshire elections merely act as an influence towards the outcomes of future primaries for the remaining candidates.