Michele Bachmann Looks Ahead to South Carolina

Michele Bachmann eyes Palmetto state primary.

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Though her campaign's fate rests largely on the results of the January 3 Iowa caucus, Rep. Michele Bachmann is looking to the future by touting her "get-out-the-vote" team in the GOP nomination's third contest.

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Bachmann, who touts herself as the only "consistent conservative" in the GOP race, has been focusing her campaign in Iowa and needs to perform well there to continue her candidacy, as she trails GOP rivals in national polling. But if she does meet or exceed expectations on January 3, she'll likely spend little time in New Hampshire and focus instead on appealing to South Carolina conservatives who cast their ballot on January 21.

The Minnesota Republican's campaign issued a press release Tuesday advertising her "team of grassroots leaders who will propel her campaign to victory in South Carolina."

The list includes 33 "county chairmen" who join 56 Tea Party and other grassroots leaders and a paid field staff of four in the Palmetto state, according to the release.

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"We are excited to announce South Carolina's most organized and energetic grassroots network," said Bachmann in the release. "These are hardworking conservatives who are ready to return our country back to prosperity. They're working around the clock to ensure that a consistent conservative wins the nation's first-in-the-south presidential primary. I'm honored to have them on our team."

If nothing else, the campaign's release proves the candidate is anticipating competing past the Iowa caucus.

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