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Ignoring advice, Bachmann hires in SC

Two weeks after Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann's staff in New Hampshire up and quit, she is announcing a seven-member team in South Carolina headed by Ron Thomas, a former political director of the state party.

Former Bachmann advisors like Ed Rollins and Ed Goeas have urged Bachmann to focus exclusively on Iowa, where she won the state party's straw poll in August and subsequently dropped to the bottom of the polls. Iowa's Jan. 3 caucus is the first nominating contest, and political strategists are skeptical she can continue her campaign if she doesn't place at the top.

But her campaign manager, Keith Nahigian, said at Monday's National Journal 2012 Election Preview that the campaign was not "one-state only.''

"We're positioned in New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida,'' he said. "It's kind of an odd question we get more than others.''

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