Graves not saying if he'll abide by endorsement in race to challenge Bachmann

Hotel owner Jim Graves made his Congressional campaign official at a rally in St. Cloud. He's among three candidates who want to be the Democrat to challenge Republican incumbent Michele Bachmann. Sixth District DFLers hold their endorsing convention on Saturday.
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Hotel owner Jim Graves made his Congressional campaign official at a rally in St. Cloud. He's among three candidates who want to be the Democrat to challenge Republican incumbent Michele Bachmann. Sixth District DFLers hold their endorsing convention on Saturday.

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