By John Molseed/Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier
WEST DES MOINES — Iowa native and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is projected to come in last in Iowa’s caucuses.
She garnered less than 6 percent of the vote, with about one-third of precincts reporting, for sixth place among the six Republican candidates who actively campaigned across Iowa. Bachmann’s staff say she is on her way to Cedar Rapids now and will be flying from there to South Carolina.
Bachmann, a Waterloo native, began the day in last place in pre-caucus polls. She made a last-minute campaign push across Iowa promising a surprise in the final vote results. The surprise did not come.
Bachmann’s staff say she is on her way to Cedar Rapids now and will be flying from there to South Carolina
Eric Woolson, Bachmann’s campaign director, said the focus on her position in the polls when a large block of voters were still undecided did not help the campaign.
“When the focus is on the horse-race aspect, the money aspect, instead of on the nuts and bolts of the issues undermines the candidate,” Woolson said.
Woolson added that her campaign’s focus is on the next step, saying voters in South Carolina are receptive to Bachmann’s key social issues.
Supporters gathered at the Marriott Hotel in West Des Moines for a post-caucus rally agreed, saying Bachmann’s consistency on social issues, including her pro-life stance, would help her there.
“Through her entire life, she’s been consistent,” said Barbara Meyer, a high school friend of Bachmann’s.
Despite the caucus results following a first-place finish in the Republican straw poll earlier this year, Meyer said Bachmann has influenced the Republican field.
“She’s very articulate,” Meyer said.