Democrat drops out, says goal was to oust Bachmann

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By BRIAN BAKST, Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Democrat Jim Graves says his goal of getting Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann out of Congress is complete, so he's halting his campaign.

Graves was planning for a rematch after narrowly losing to Bachmann in 2012. But now that Bachmann has ruled out a re-election bid, Graves said Friday he's changed course.

The hotel chain owner told supporters that he was suspending his campaign with a sense of accomplishment.

Bachmann said this week that her fourth-term would be her last. She denied that her decision was influenced by worries about a tight race or ethics investigations surrounding her failed presidential run.

Her district is the most heavily Republican in Minnesota.

Political experts predicted Graves would find it harder to raise money or convert GOP-leaning voters without Bachmann on the ticket.

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