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Bachmann Beat: Shuffling Staff and Financial Challenges

An aggregated weekly roundup of news and commentary about U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann.

Sixth-district congresswoman Michele Bachmann won’t be making endorsement before Tuesday’s Minnesota caucuses, but she has said that Mitt Romney has the “economic advantage” and that the Republican race may end soon.

“Ron Paul has said he will go all the way to the convention. Newt has said he will, also. Rick Santorum has said he will. But the practicality is money is a big part of it, and it’ll be up to the candidates whether they can pay,” Bachmann said on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital” program. “To this point, there’s been an economic advantage [for Romney]. But, the beauty of our system is the people decide. The people decide state by state.”

In advance of her run for re-election, Bachmann dumped her congressional chief of staff, Andy Parrish, and promoted her D.C. legislative adviser Chase Kroll to run her campaign.

The St. Cloud Times reported that Bachmann will face a fundraising challenge during her reelection campaign since many major supporters have already maxed out in contributions.

Politico reported that her principal presidential campaign committee ended December more than $1 million in debt.

“Her fundraising totals represent a fraction of what more monied Republican presidential candidates—Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry chief among them—are expected to report for late 2011,” Dave Levinthal wrote in Politico.

To read: Rolling Stone’s story on the gay teen suicide wave in Bachmann’s district.

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