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Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., addresses her supporters at her caucus party at the Marriott in West Des Moines, Iowa, after finishing sixth in the Iowa Caucuses Tuesday night.

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Associated Press

Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann canceled her campaign trip to South Carolina on Wednesday after a dismal showing in the Iowa caucuses.

Campaign manager Keith Nahigan told The Associated Press that the Minnesota congresswoman planned a news conference in Iowa later Wednesday morning. Nahigan would not say whether Bachmann intends to drop out.

Bachmann told a small group of supporters Tuesday night that despite the vote she was staying in the presidential race as the only true conservative who can defeat President Barack Obama.

But she was a distant sixth in Iowa and her campaign is low on money. Bachmann's showing was a sharp turn after she finished in first place in the Iowa GOP's summer straw poll.

The New Hampshire primary is the next contest in the race. But Bachmann's strategy has her effectively writing off that Jan. 10 contest and focusing on the Southern state that, at least on paper, is a better fit for her brand of conservatism. The South Carolina primary is on Jan. 21.

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