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Bachmann moves forward despite low poll numbers


Just under five weeks away to the Iowa caucus and Republican presidential candidates are making their final push. On Wednesday Representative Michelle Bachmann took part in an education forum in Cedar Falls on the campus of UNI.

Bachmann came out confident while speaking to a crowd in Russell and she's taking that confidence with her to the Iowa Caucus.

"We are planning to win the Iowa Caucus on January 3rd and we're working hard to that end," said Bachmann.

UNI Political Science Professor, Chris Larimer says Bachmann has a long road ahead of her.

"Her poll numbers, she peaked in July and August nationally and particularly in Iowa and since then it's been this consistent downward slide," said Larimer.

Larimer also says if Bachmann can't rise above her poll number her campaign could be over shortly after the caucus.

"I think if she finishes outside of the top three I think she could be the one candidate who would actually drop out before New Hampshire. I don't think that would be a bit of a surprise," said Larimer.

If Bachmann can't win or have a strong showing at the caucus, Larimer says she might not have the momentum to keep going.

"My understanding is she does not have a lot of organization in New Hampshire and certainly not any or very little in South Carolina or Florida. In the other states that follow after Iowa and New Hampshire so she really has to do well if not win in Iowa," said Larimer.

"I intend to win Iowa's support when I do we're going to follow the primary calendar and move on to New Hampshire and then to South Carolina and on the Florida," said Bachmann.

In recent polls Bachmann has even fallen behind Mitt Romney. Romney hasn't made Iowa a priority where Bachmann has.

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