(CNN) - White House hopeful Michele Bachmann on Wednesday mailed the paperwork needed to get on the ballot for New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary.
The announcement comes days after her five-member New Hampshire campaign staff resigned en masse, accusing the Minnesota congresswoman's national campaign handlers of being "rude, unprofessional, dishonest, and at times cruel."
Bachmann's top spokesperson Alice Stewart downplayed the claims in an interview with CNN on Monday.
"That's unfortunate. They want to call names, that's their prerogative. We wish them the best," Alice Stewart said on CNN's "John King U.S.A."
According to a new CNN/Time/ORC International poll released Wednesday, Bachmann placed seventh in the GOP field in New Hampshire, taking top choice among 2% of registered Republican and independent voters who voted in the 2008 primary.
Her campaign mailed the papers along with the $1,000 filing fee to the Secretary of State's office in Concord on Wednesday, ahead of the filing deadline on Oct. 28.
"I'm thrilled to take this important step on the road to securing the Republican nomination for president," Bachmann said in a statement. "The people of New Hampshire are a vital part of the process and I look forward to sharing my message with more people in the Granite State."
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich all delivered their papers in person to the Secretary of State's office.
Former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain and Texas Rep. Ron Paul both filed their paperwork by proxy.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is expected to file in person Friday at 12:15 p.m.
– CNN's Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report.
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who cares - she's toast - she can go about her fear-mongering and lying again.
What is Bachmann running – a marathon???? Please!! She doesn't even have any "followers" to send to other candidates – her endorsement will HURT every other candidate!!!
Is America ready for a woman president ? Absolutely. Is Michelle Bachmann the one to achieve it ? Absolutely not.
One thing you can say about Michelle Bachmann is she's no quitter like her friend Palin. This woman has a less chance of being the Teapulicant nominee then a snowball has in hell.
U go o'weird one, make money, and speak loud and often. Bless u.
Bachmann is so incredibly delusional to think that she has any chance of getting higher than 5% of the vote, but then again she does not appear to be very much in touch reality at any given time.I hope MN is not paying her for this vextended vacation time.
Looks like the witch will get there intime for holloween,how fitting.
so when is she going to stop wasting a whole lot of stupid people's money!?
How does she have enough money left to pay for postage to get her filing papers mailed in?
I thought all her staff jumped over the Perry campaign ?
Bachmann Mailed it?!? So she mailed her filing papers on the 26th and the deadline is the 28th, can't you just hear her crying now when her papers don't get there on the 29th! A serious candidate would have filed in person not only to insure that they are filed but it's also a great photo-op. This way she can blame the post office instead of herself. It also shows that she will have yet another reason not to run in NH after she looses in Iowa. Her whole campaign rests on her winning Iowa she she can not longer win.
I thought that she was signing papers to have herself committed to a mental ward!
I love the description of Bachmann and her team, sounds like the typical good Christian....rude, unprofessional, dishonest and cruel!
She seems to lost it a while ago. She'd be in better shape if Perry wasn't in the race, but I don't think that would have helped much. From her comments and policy stances, she would have collapsed at some point. It looks like it is happening now.