Gary Tuchman and Ismael Estrada
St. Paul, Minnesota (CNN) - It's 3 p.m. on a busy weekday afternoon at the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul.
Deep in the crowd of people enjoying buckets of chocolate chip cookies and fried corn dogs is two-term Rep. Michele Bachmann. The mother of five and foster parent to 23 others runs past fair-goers including parents pushing strollers to get to her next spot on conservative radio.
"We need to move quickly!" shouts one of her staff members. "We're on in two minutes!"
As she and her staff move briskly through the crowd, people shout both encouragement and insults at Bachmann. The Republican lawmaker has become a heroine and villain to voters in her 6th District because of controversial statements about the Obama administration, gay rights and taxes.
Updated: 2:41 p.m.
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