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Report: Michele Bachmann's Entire New Hampshire Staff Quits

Michele Bachmann

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann's entire New Hampshire paid staff has quit, local station WMUR-TV reported Friday.

According to Reuters, the six staffers said their resignations aren't due to a lack of support for the Minnesota congresswoman, but rather due to her campaign's perceived lack of focus and commitment in the state ahead of its primary.

One staff member is said to have already come aboard Texas Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign, Fox News reported.

Hours after the report emerged, Bachmann told Iowa Radio it wasn't true.

“That is a shocking story to me,”  she said. “I don’t know where that came from.  We have called staff in New Hampshire to find out where that came from and the staff have said that isn’t true, so I don’t know if this is just a bad story that’s being fed by a different candidate or campaign. I have no idea where this came from, but we’ve made calls and it’s certainly not true.”

Despite Bachmann's words to the contrary, various media reports surfaced Friday that the resignations had been confirmed. According to ABC, one staffer said everyone who quit had already received offers from competing campaigns.

Jeff Chidester, who was Bachmann's New Hampshire campaign director, told the National Journal the staff was planning to release a joint statement formally announcing their departures.

"We are more than a team, we have all bonded over the past few months," Chidester said. "This is one of the finest group of people I have every had the pleasure of working with. Each one of them is smart, dedicated, and committed to each other.  We have not had an opportunity to talk to each other since the story broke, but once we do, we will release a joint statement."

Just two weeks ago, Bachmann shuttered her Virginia campaign office, due to what her spokeswoman said was an inconvenient location.

She most recently saw her campaign manager, deputy campaign manager and pollster quit in September and early October.

Bachmann has focused much of her campaign efforts in Iowa, where she won the Ames straw poll in August. She has since fallen behind her fellow candidates in national polls, garnering just 4 percent support among Republicans in an Associated Press/GfK poll released Thursday.

She raised $4.1 million between July and September, far behind Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's $17.2 million and $14.2 million, respectively.

This post has been updated since it was first posted.

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