Graves says lack of third party candidate will help him in race with Bachmann

For the first time in eight years, Minnesota's Independence Party has no candidate running in the Sixth Congressional District race. Democrat Jim Graves says the lack of a third party candidate will help him with moderate voters. But Graves is clearly an underdog in his challenge of incumbent Republican Michele Bachmann.
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For the first time in eight years, Minnesota's Independence Party has no candidate running in the Sixth Congressional District race. Democrat Jim Graves says the lack of a third party candidate will help him with moderate voters. But Graves is clearly an underdog in his challenge of incumbent Republican Michele Bachmann.

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