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Michele Bachmann Plans To Visit All 99 Iowa Counties Ahead Of Caucuses

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U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) speaks during the ABC News GOP Presidential debate on the campus of Drake University on December 10, 2011 in Des Moines, Iowa. Rivals were expected to target front runner Gingrich in the debate hosted by ABC News, Yahoo News, WOI-TV, The Des Moines Register and the Iowa GOP. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) | Getty Images

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Each of Iowa's 99 counties is likely to hear from Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann by the end of December.

Bachmann's campaign said Monday that she plans to spend 10 days crisscrossing the state and will begin Friday in northwest Iowa. With a break for Christmas, Bachmann's bus tour is expected to stop in every Iowa county by Dec. 28.

The Minnesota congresswoman is hoping to pull off a surprise win in the first caucus state.

Bachmann won a nonbinding Iowa GOP straw poll in August but her standing has slipped since then. Polls show former House speaker Newt Gingrich leading his rivals in the state.

Iowa opens the GOP nominating push with its precinct caucuses in about three weeks, on Jan. 3.

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