Bachmann Axes Today's South Carolina Events ...and schedules news conference in their place By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff Posted Jan 4, 2012 8:44 AM CST 20 comments Comments Republican presidential hopeful U.S. Rep Michele Bachmann (R-MN) looks on during a 'Rock the Caucus' event at Valley High School on January 3, 2012 in West Des Moines, Iowa. (Getty Images) (Newser) – The hot scuttlebutt of the morning: Is Michele Bachmann dropping out of the race, even though she earlier vowed to stay in? "There are many more chapters to be written on our path to the nomination," she told supporters last night, but today's chapter apparently won't include any appearances in South Carolina. She canceled her scheduled slate of events there, and has called an 11am EST news conference in Des Moines, reports USA Today. Stay tuned.