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Bachmann opponent suddenly retires, too

posted at 11:03 am on May 31, 2013 by

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.

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Double cross!!!

trs on May 31, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Saw that one coming right down I-94.

Mr. D on May 31, 2013 at 11:44 AM

And Republicans have been labeled the “Party of No.” True leadership there, Mr. Graves.

blammm on May 31, 2013 at 12:00 PM

As long as Michelle was the candidate the National Democratic fundraising money was going to pour in. Now that she isn’t in the race that money is going to go elsewhere and Graves would have to fundraise on his own. When he realized his campaign would be run on a shoestring compared with last time out he probably realized it was over.

jpmn on May 31, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Emmer will have the seat.

IR-MN on May 31, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Interesting link there, Ed.

This page, also on Wikipedia says the district is R+10.

Chris of Rights on May 31, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Soon to leak:

The Obamas are moving to MN-06. Michelle Obama to file paperwork to run for vacated seat.

Jim Graves found dead in a park.

Mitoch55 on May 31, 2013 at 12:25 PM


Good Lt on May 31, 2013 at 12:32 PM

A week or so from now, Bachmann should announce that since she has received so much support she is considering re-entering the race!

Freddy on May 31, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Time for Bachmann to play Lucy with the political football. LOL

ExpressoBold on May 31, 2013 at 4:00 PM