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Top aides leaving Bachmann campaign

Michele Bachmann’s campaign pollster, Ed Goeas, and senior adviser, Andy Parrish, have left the Minnesota congresswoman’s struggling presidential campaign, the Associated Press reported Monday.

Parrish and two other aides, a deputy spokesman and a scheduler, are returning to her congressional office. Parrish is her chief of staff.

A Bachmann spokeswoman deferred comment to a forthcoming statement from the campaign.

Bachmann’s first chief of staff, Ed Rollins, left the campaign in August after a victory in the Iowa straw poll. Since then, Bachmann’s poll numbers have dropped precipitously and there are also reports that the campaign is running low on funds. The latest fundraising quarter ended on Friday and campaigns have until next week to report their fundraising and spending totals to the Federal Election Commission.

Devin Henry can be reached at dhenry@minnpost.com

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