I predict Bachmann’s supporters and money, like rats jumping from a sinking ship, will jump on the Santorum rowboat. Perry might have a chance in South Carolina.
Michele Bachmann has suspended her 2012 presidential campaign Wednesday after finishing at the bottom of competitors in the Republican caucuses in Iowa.
“Last night the people of Iowa spoke with a very clear voice. And so I have decided to stand aside,” the Minnesota congresswoman said.. “I believe that if we are going to repeal Obamacare, turn our country around and take back our country, we must do so united. And I believe that we must rally around the person that our country and our party and our people select to be that standard-bearer.”
Bachmann grew up in Iowa and came in first in the Iowa GOP’s summer straw poll, but her poll numbers had dropped to single digits by mid- to late September and her campaign was low on money.
Fox News contributor and former Bachmann campaign manager Ed Rollins said Bachmann’s loss was pretty devastating after coming in first in last summer’s Ames poll. Rollins, who had predicted before the election that she’d finish last, said she would need to drop her campaign since she also has to worry about a redistricting fight at home.
“I don’t think she has the resources to go beyond. She doesn’t want to end up $1 million in debt,” Rollins said, adding, “I think she has nothing to be ashamed of.”
Bachmann came in a distant sixth in the caucuses, but told supporters Tuesday night that she was staying in the race as “the best conservative who can and will beat Barack Obama in 2012.”
The only Republican candidate who garnered fewer votes was Jon Huntsman — who did not compete in Iowa, instead focusing his time and money on New Hampshire. Rick Perry had more than double Bachmann’s raw votes but still came in fourth with 11 percent overall.
The Texas governor said Tuesday night that he would reassess his options and returned home rather than traveling to South Carolina, suggesting he was quitting the race. But Wednesday morning, he called the Palmetto State the “next leg of the marathon” in a tweet.
“Here we come South Carolina!!!” he tweeted.