It had all the trappings of an epic House race in the making. A rematch between Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Democrat Jim Graves, who came oh-so-close to unseating the congresswoman in 2012.
As it turns out, neither will be running.
First, Bachmann announced her retirement Wednesday. Then, on Friday came word that Graves will indefinitely suspend his campaign -- a move that is not wholly surprising, considering how much more difficult his task became when Bachmann stepped aside.
“Basically, after all that’s gone on, and with Michele Bachmann now stepping down, I’ve been talking to my friends and family and frankly, the feeling is, ‘Mission Accomplished,'" Graves told MinnPost.com's Eric Black in an interview published Friday morning.