Bachmann to continue on despite poor showing in Iowa caucusesMinnesota News
-- Many obeservers believe that Michele Bachmann's poor showing in Iowa is just about the end for her presidential hopes.
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Many obeservers believe that Michele Bachmann's poor showing in Iowa is just about the end for her presidential hopes.
Some think the sixth district Minnesota congresswoman can limp into this month's primaries in New Hampshire next Tuesday and South Carolina on Jan. 21 but not go much farther.
Minnesota analyst David Schultz says says Bachmann could play the role of political gadfly, criticizing and irritating GOP candidates still in the field, especially those leading the pack. Bachmann finished sixth in a seven-candidate field after winning an Iowa straw poll this past summer. Mitt Romney edged Rick Santorum in yesterday's voting by eight votes, each at 25 percent. Ron Paul finished third at 22 percent and Newt Gingrich was fourth with 13 percent. Rick Perry finished fifth with 10 percent of the vote and news reports say he will end his campaign in the next few days.
No delegates were chosen for last night's caucuses. The vote was just a straw vote of presidential preference Republicans caucus goers have had since 1980. However, the process of picking delegates to the national GOP convention begins at the precinct caucus level before heading to the county level, congressional district level and then the state convention in June where national convention delegates will be chosen. The process is the same as used in Minnesota, whose caucuses are on Feb. 6.