The first official casualty of yesterday’s Iowa caucus: Michele Bachmann.
“Last night, the people of Iowa spoke with a very clear voice, so I have decided to stand aside,” Bachmann said at a news conference, flanked by her parents, husband and five children. “I have no regrets, none whatsoever. We never compromised our principles and we can leave this race knowing we ran it with the utmost integrity.”
She continued, “My faith in the Lord, country, and our republic is unshakeable. God has something greater around the corner. I am very grateful. I look forward to the next chapter in God’s plan. He has one for each of us, you know.”
But Texas Governor Rick Perry who came in at fifth place yesterday in Iowa just a few percentage points ahead of Bachmann, isn’t quitting just yet. He tweeted supporters, “Here we come South Carolina.” In a statement today Perry said, “This is a quirky place and a quirky process to say the least. We’re going to go into places where they have actual primaries and there are going to be real Republicans voting.”