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Bachmann’s bad week leads up to critical caucuses

DES MOINES, Iowa — But Michele Bachmann has remained positive, predicting an acceptable finish in Tuesday’s caucuses and vowing to head to South Carolina afterwards.Related: Bachmann dubs self ‘America’s Iron Lady’

Bachmann making a campaign call from her headquarters in Urbandale.
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Bachmann making a campaign call from her headquarters in Urbandale.
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Occupy protesters holding signs as they stand outside Michele Bachmann's Iowa campaign office on Saturday.
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Occupy protesters holding signs as they stand outside Michele Bachmann’s Iowa campaign office on Saturday.

Polling suggests that message may have gotten through to voters. Santorum’s supporters like Bachmann — among those who plan on caucusing for Santorum on Tuesday, Bachmann is the second choice of nearly half of them, per a poll of Iowans released Sunday night. As Santorum rises, he’s leeching votes away from Bachmann at a very high rate.

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