Top Dem: Graves-Bachmann rematch likely


At least one top Democrat in Washington likes the idea of a rematch between Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and hotelier Jim Graves, who narrowly lost their 2012 contest.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., on Wednesday said that he had been in the Minnesota district in the last few weeks to raise money for Graves, the Star Tribune reported. The DCCC is the official campaign arm of Democrats in the U.S. House.

Graves has not said publicly that he would challenge Bachmann again. He lost by 4,296 votes, or 1.2 percent of the vote, the Star Tribune notes.

“Jim came very, very close to winning and we are very upbeat about his prospects in 2014,” Israel told the Star Tribune. Israel said “I think so” when asked if he thought Graves would run.

CityPages noted that Graves sent an email to supporters last week and wrote, "I know that the work we started last year, well, it isn't over."

Bachmann, who in the past has been an outspoken national figure, has been relatively low-profile since the election. The Star Tribune in January wrote that Bachmann, humbled by the results in November, has deliberately lowered her national profile, stayed off television and focused more on her district.

MinnPost last month wrote that "Bachmann has grown quieter, cautious and in some respects, more conciliatory since eking out a victory in November, adopting a strategy not unlike Sen. Al Franken’s — focus on your constituents and try not to ruffle many feathers with loud public statements."

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