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Political Checklist: N.Y. Enacts Same-Sex Marriage, Bachmann Enters Race

BY Lauren Knapp  June 27, 2011 at 1:17 PM EDT

On Monday, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., formally announced that she is seeking the Republican nomination, the newest addition to the GOP field. Her announcement came a day after the Des Moines Register Iowa Poll showed her tied with the current frontrunner, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Bachmann, the ninth Republican candidate to officially join the race, took advantage of her Iowa roots in a state that is heavily watched during the primary season.

(Watch Bachmann’s announcement).

The three also discuss the New York Legislature’s late-night vote legalizing same-sex marriage. The vote came on the eve of New York City’s famous gay pride festival and parade, and the move was widely celebrated by supporters over the weekend.