Update: Michele Bachmann just gave her Iowa concession speech and, contrary to the assumptions of just about everyone, she did not drop out.
Earlier tonight pundits were predicting she’d quit the race before day’s end. It’s possible she will do so tomorrow — she doesn’t have the money to realistically continue on — but she ended tonight’s speech saying she intended to let the “country decide.”
Michele Bachmann‘s run for the GOP nomination is over.
HuffPo’s Howard Fineman just told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews that Bachmann’s inner circle is in the process of telling her it’s time for her to drop out.
Bachmann is in 6th place right now in the Iowa caucuses barely ahead of Jon Huntsman, who skipped Iowa altogether.
Unlike almost every other GOP candidate (other than Jon Huntsman) Bachmann has not experienced any sort of surge in the polls this fall. She enjoyed a brief popularity this spring, long before the GOP primary kicked into high gear but was never able to regain that momentum.
Fineman also pointed out that Bachmann’s people feel that she never got the evangelical support she needed because of her gender, and that there may be some truth to that.
Last week Bachmann’s Iowa state chair, Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson, quit her campaign and went to work for Ron Paul.
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