Just two days after U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann said she will not run for
re-election next year in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District, her Democratic
opponent Jim Graves has dropped out of the race.
"This was never about Jim Graves; this was about challenging the ineffective leadership and extremist ideology of Michele Bachmann on behalf of those she represents," Graves said in a statement Friday. "As of Wednesday, that goal was accomplished -- and our supporters are and should be incredibly proud of that accomplishment. I will never be able to adequately express my gratitude for the tireless work of our fantastic campaign team and our legions of friends and supporters."
Bachmann eked out a victory last fall in Minnesota's most conservative congressional district over Graves, a hotel and restaurant developer, by 4,296 votes. Her 50.5 percent of the vote was nearly 6 percentage points less than what Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney received in the suburban/exurban district north of the Twin Cities.
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