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Businessman Jim Graves to run against Michele Bachmann

Graves, a businessman in the hospitality industry, is seeking the DFL endorsement in the 6th District in a bid to unseat Bachmann. He'll join St. Cloud lawyer Anne Nolan, who is already in the race.
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Graves, a businessman in the hospitality industry, is seeking the DFL endorsement in the 6th District in a bid to unseat Bachmann. He'll join St. Cloud lawyer Anne Nolan, who is already in the race.

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