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Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann pauses before a live television interview at the Northside Cafe in Winterset, Iowa. After a 99-county tour of her homestate, Bachmann dropped out of the GOP presidential race after a last-place finish in the Iowa Caucuses.

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann pauses before a live television interview at the Northside Cafe in Winterset, Iowa. After a 99-county tour of her homestate, Bachmann dropped out of the GOP presidential race after a last-place finish in the Iowa Caucuses.