Top 10 of 2013: #3 Bachmann Announces She’s Not Running For Re-Election
UNDATED - We continue our countdown of the Top 10 news stories of 2013 today (Saturday). Our #3 story of the year is A surprising announcement by one of Minnesota's most high-profile politicians.
The 2012 election saw an extremely tight race in the Sixth Congressional District between incumbent Republican Michele Bachmann and political newcomer Democrat Jim Graves. Bachmann held off Graves by just 4,300 votes to win her fourth term in Congress.
Just a few months later, in April of this year Graves announced he planned to challenge Bachmann again in 2015, setting-up what was expected to be a very heated 18-month campaign.
However, that ended just a month later in May when Bachmann shocked most political insiders when she announced she was not going to run for re-election for the seat she's held since 2006. Just two days later Graves also dropped out.
Several people have since launched a campaign for the open seat, including Republicans: Tom Emmer, John Pederson, Rhonda Sivarajah, and Phil Krinkie and DFLers Judy Adams and Jim Read.
We have the top two stories in our countdown of the Top 10 stories of 2013 coming-up on Monday and Tuesday of next week.