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With Bachmann Out, Graves Says Mission Accomplished

May 31, 2013
Michele Bachmann (file photo)
Michele Bachmann (file photo)

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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