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Bachmann may face a rematch in 2014 for Minnesota Congress seat

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March 14, 2013


By Zac Humphrey

ST. PAUL, Minnesota: The 113th Congress has only been in session 3 months, but some are already making plans for 2014. Jim Graves (D) came within 4,296 votes of Michele Bachmann (R) on November 6, 2012, and many in Washington are looking toward a potential 2014 rematch.[1]

Congressman Steve Israel, chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) said, "Jim came very, very close to winning and we are very upbeat about his prospects in 2014."[2]

In a press conference, Israel went on to lay out the DCCC's plans to win a majority in the House in 2014. They look to bring to the forefront the extremist views held by those in the Tea Party. In referencing 2014 plans, Israel said, “We are recruiting solutionists to antidote tea party extremists." This is a complete reversal from the 2012 campaign, where despite seeing Backmann as one of the Tea Party leaders in the House, the DCCC ran no ads to support Graves.[2]

The National Republican Congressional Committee has pushed back a bit, releasing this statement: "“Jim Graves must have never heard that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. Graves’ tax and spend liberal policies didn’t resonate with Minnesota families last election, and they still won’t come Election Day 2014.”[1]

Graves' son has said that his father will make his decision on whether he will run in 2014 by early April.[1]

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