Bachmann Drops Out of Race
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Bachmann Drops Out of Race

REUTERS/Brian Frank

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) - Congresswoman Michele Bachmann on Wednesday ended her campaign to become the 2012 Republican presidential candidate and called on supporters to rally behind the party's eventual nominee.

Bachmann did not say whether she would make an endorsement.

"I have decided to stand aside. I will not be continuing in the race for the presidency," Bachmann told a news conference in Des Moine, Iowa.

The announcement came a day after she received only 5 percent of the vote in the Iowanominating caucuses, dealing what many saw as a fatal blow to her presidential ambitions.