Bachmann Faces Bleak Prospects at Iowa GOP Vote
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann braced for a possible loss Tuesday in the state where just months ago she won a test vote of Iowa Republicans.
An entrance poll of early arriving caucus-goers in Iowa suggests that she’s not in the mix for a victory, with the race favoring three of her opponents: former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Texas Rep. Ron Paul and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.
The survey by Edison Media Research for The Associated Press and television networks was based on interviews with more than 600 people arriving at nearly 40 precinct caucuses across the state.
Before the voting began, Bachmann traveled to the backyard of her childhood to make her final appeal for support, imploring voters in her native Iowa to "reclaim our country."
The campaign of the Minnesota congresswoman was adamant they would exceed expectations and not finish last.
Bachmann’s mother joined her on stage Tuesday as the candidate’s voice echoed through a cavernous college sports arena that serves as a caucus hub. Cities represented included her birthplace of Waterloo.
"Stand up, Iowa. Reclaim our country," she said. "Tonight we begin the process of taking it back."