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U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota celebrated her victory in the Iowa straw poll on Saturday.

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Businessman Herman Cain came in fifth place in the Iowa straw poll behind fellow Republican presidential candidates U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.


Cain said at the end of last week that he needed to place in the top three in the straw poll or he would reassess his campaign. He walked back that statement earlier this week and, after the results came in, Cain sounded like he would stay in the race.

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After spending $1 million in Iowa so far, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota took a distant third place in the Iowa straw poll. His support was less than half of the two candidates who beat him on Saturday -- U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, also of Minnesota, who won the straw poll, and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas.


Despite continued buzz about his campaign faltering, Pawlenty insisted on Saturday that he would be in the race for a while longer.

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On Saturday, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota won the Iowa Republican straw poll in Ames.

The straw poll is traditionally seen as a test for how the candidates will do in the Iowa caucus, the traditional first stop toward the presidential nomination. This year the caucus will be held on Feb. 6.

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Rep. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, announced on Friday that she would continue to serve as the chairwoman of the House Economic Affairs Committee and will stay on the Appropriations Committee and as co-chairwoman of the subcommittee handling redistricting of the state Senate -- which she is running for in 2012.

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A poll unveiled by Viewpoint Florida on Friday revealed that voters in the Sunshine State on the whole were content with the deal to raise the federal debt ceiling. A majority of those surveyed -- 58 percent -- said they would be more likely to back congressional incumbents who voted to raise the debt ceiling, while 36 percent said they were less likely to back them.

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The team behind former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, now running in the Republican primary to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in 2012, went on the attack on Friday, bashing Nelson for taking part in a fundraiser hosted by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., in Lake Tahoe.
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Two of the Republicans looking to take on Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in 2012 weighed in on the newly named members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.

The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction was set up as part of the deal to break up the stalemate in Washington over raising the federal debt ceiling. The new committee consists of six members of each party, divided equally between senators and congressmen.

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While some pundits -- namely, one who used to live down the street from the candidate in Moorestown, N.J. -- thought that Herman Cain needed to do more in the Republican debate on Thursday, a much bigger name was impressed with the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza (yes, Vanilla Ice is a bigger name than your humble blogger, but I bet he can't name every president and vice president in order).

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