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DFLer Graves seeks rematch with Minn.'s Bachmann

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Democrat who narrowly lost to U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann last year said on Thursday that he would seek a rematch.

The St. Cloud Times reported that businessman Jim Graves plans to run again for Congress in Minnesota's 6th District ( ). That's the St. Cloud and northern Twin Cities-area seat that Republican Bachmann has held since 2006.

Graves is a longtime hotel company executive who founded Graves World Hospitality, a company with holdings that include the Graves 601 Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. He grew up in St. Cloud. In 2012, he lost to Bachmann, of Stillwater, by about 4,300 votes in what was one of the nation's closest House races.

"Jim knows that everybody heard his message last time about his business experience and the need for serious change," his campaign manager, Aaron Wells, told the Times. "He's feeling such an outpouring of support."

Graves was scheduled to speak Thursday at an event at St. Cloud State University, his alma mater.

A Bachmann campaign spokesman tied Graves to President Obama and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, arguing that their "liberal agenda" has caused high unemployment and high national debt.

Bachmann, a favorite of conservatives nationwide, has long been lightning rod for Democrats. But the party has been unable to unseat her in the Republican-leaning 6th District. Graves' campaign manager said the Democrat wanted to get an earlier start on his campaign this time.

Bachmann has received unwanted headlines in recent weeks as the Office of Congressional Ethics investigates her short-lived 2012 presidential campaign, though her lawyer has said she is cooperating with the investigation and is not a target.

Information from: St. Cloud Times,