May 31, 2013 at 10:15 am
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.
Graves is the hotel chain founder narrowly lost to Bachmann in 2012. He had previously announced he would challenge the incumbent again next year. She said Wednesday that she wouldn’t seek a fifth term in the 6th Congressional District in central Minnesota.
It is the most heavily Republican district in Minnesota. Several Republicans are weighing a run.
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