Bachman begins 99 county tour of IA Friday


December 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Republican Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann will hit each of Iowa’s 99 counties between Friday of this week and the end of the month. Bachmann’s campaign said Monday that she plans to spend 10 days crisscrossing the state. Her bus tour begins in northwest Iowa this Friday, with stops in Le Mars, Orange City, Rock Rapids, Sibley, Primghar, Cherokee and Storm Lake.
On Saturday, the Iowa native will spend some time in Spencer, the Iowa Lakes region, Estherville, Emmetsburg, Algona, Humbolt, Pocahontas, Rockwell City, Sac City, Ida Grove, Denison, Carroll, Jefferson and Fort Dodge. She’ll roll into seven more citys in northern Iowa, on Sunday.  Specific details on the Saturday stops have not yet been released.
With a break for Christmas, Bachmann’s bus tour is expected to stop in every Iowa county by Dec. 28th. 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. 3rd.