Reporting from West Des Moines, Iowa—

In the wake of a bottom-feeder finish in the Iowa GOP caucuses, Michele Bachmann ended a presidential bid Wednesday that once held so much promise in this state.

“Last night, the people of Iowa spoke with a very clear voice, and so I have decided to stand aside,” she said at a morning news conference. Bachmann called on Republicans to unify behind the ultimate nominee, but did not say whom she would support.

Click here to listen to Bachmann’s statement.

It was only five months ago, in August, that Bachmann, an Iowa native, captured the Ames Straw Poll, a test of a candidate’s strength among influential conservatives in the state and a victory that appeared to establish her as a force to be reckoned with.


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