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Michele Bachmann exits GOP race

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:18 AM

Santorum’s near-tie with Iowa caucus winner Mitt Romney topped a rise from deep in the polls to contender for the presidential nomination.

Bachmann said late this morning that she has “decided to stand aside,” but would continue fighting to overturn what she called President Barack Obama’s “socialist policies.”

Like Bachmann, Texas Gov. Rick Perry took a blow in the caucuses — finishing fifth. He flew home to decide whether to stay in the race. It appears the answer is “yes.” He tweeted today that he was bound for South Carolina.

Meanwhile, Romney jetted to New Hampshire to continue campaigning.

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