Authors: Ashley Ulker
(MANCHESTER, N.H.) -- Rep. Michele Bachmann’s entire New Hampshire staff has quit her campaign, another dark omen for the GOP candidate who has lost several senior officials in recent weeks.
Five staffers, including Jeff Chidester, a longtime friend and conservative talk-radio host, have left the Minnesota congresswoman’s campaign. The departing staff members also included Nicole Yurek, Tom Lukacz, director of operations Matt LeDuc and Southern New Hampshire Field Director Caroline Gigler, as first reported by ABC affiliate WMUR.
The staffers said they quit the campaign because Bachmann had not paid sufficient attention to New Hampshire.
Bachmann visited New Hampshire last week for the GOP debate sponsored by Bloomberg News. It was her first visit to the Granite State since June.
Bachmann has seen a steady decline in her poll numbers since winning the Iowa Straw Poll in August. Many of Bachmann’s top aides have left her campaign in the weeks since the poll.
Bachmann has visited New Hampshire four times in 2011. She has been to Iowa nearly 20 times this year.
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