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Bachmann: NH staffer exodus story 'isn't true'

NEW YORK -- Michele Bachmann is pushing back against reports that her presidential campaign staff in New Hampshire has quit.

The New Hampshire television station WMUR was first to report today that Bachmann's paid staff in the Granite State had left the campaign. According to WMUR, the staff was disappointed Bachmann was not more committed to winning the New Hampshire primary.

But this afternoon, in a telephone interview with Radio Iowa, Bachmann called the report "a shocking story."

"We have called staff in New Hampshire to find out where that came from, and the staff have said that isn't true," Bachmann said. "I don't know if this is a just a bad story that's being fed by a different candidate or campaign."

Bachmann added that the story is "certainly not true."

NBC has not confirmed the report.

Bachmann most recently visited New Hampshire for campaign events on Oct. 9 and Oct. 10; her last visit before then was on June 28.

*** UPDATE *** Bachmann campaign manager Keith Nahigian has issued this statement: "We have a great team in New Hampshire and we have not been notified that anyone is leaving the campaign. We look forward to spending more time in the Granite State between now and the primary, but our campaign has emphasized that our main focus is the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa and we are continuing to build efforts there. While she will campaign in other states, Michele will spend the majority of her time in Iowa, doing what she does better than all the other candidates - retail politics - leading up to the all important caucuses."