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Posted December 28, 2011
Bachmann loses campaign co-chairman to Paul

Republican presidential candidates Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, and Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn, stand together prior to their Republican debate, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)


INDIANOLA – Michele Bachmann’s struggling presidential campaign has been dealt another setback: One of her Iowa co-chairmen has defected to rival Ron Paul’s side.

Hours after appearing with Bachmann at a Wednesday event, state Sen. Kent Sorenson gave his endorsement to the Texas congressman at a Des Moines rally. Sorenson said he resigned from Bachmann’s campaign to join the most conservative of the top-tier candidates.

The Minnesota congresswoman has been unable to recover from a fall slide that followed her Iowa straw poll victory in August. Paul was a close second.

Sorenson has strong ties to Iowa’s tea party, and he joined her for an afternoon stop on her 99-county tour. He didn’t speak at that gathering, citing recent dental work.

Bachmann criticizes Paul as “dangerous” for his hands-off foreign policy.

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