(THE WEEK) — Once considered the candidate to beat in the Iowa caucuses, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) now places last in the polls going into the state’s Tuesday kickoff of the 2012 primary season. Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, and a surging Rick Santorum are way ahead of Bachmann, and she’s fallen behind Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry, too. Still, Bachmann says she expects to “see a miracle.” And no matter what happens, she has vowed to compete in upcoming contests in New Hampshire, South Carolina, and beyond. But if the Minnesota congresswoman fails to do well in the state where she was born, will it be time for her to drop out?

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