Bachmann opponent suddenly retires, too
posted at 11:03 am on May 31, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
After Michele Bachmann announced her retirement this week, many people — Republicans included — thought the move would make it easier for the GOP to hold MN-06 with a fresh face. Looks like Bachmann’s already-announced opponent, Jim Graves, agrees:
Minnesota Democratic congressional candidate Jim Graves plans to halt his campaign to replace Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann in Congress just days after she ruled out a re-election run, according to his top aide.
Campaign manager Aaron Wells told The Associated Press that Graves will issue a statement later Friday explaining the decision. Graves was quoted as saying the goal of unseating Bachmann was complete.
That leaves both parties without a candidate … and Republicans with a Cook index of R+8 in the district. Small wonder that Graves would rather spend his money on other pursuits.