Some of our readers are disputing that Michele Bachmann “retired” from running for office, but however you describe it, she’s not running for the congressional seat she has been in for several terms.

And it looks like her main competitor — whose election was made more not less difficult by Bachmann’s retirement — is “retiring” also, With Bachmann not running, Jim Graves pulls out of 6th District race:

As of today, Jim Graves is going to indefinitely suspend his campaign for Congress from the 6th District.

Translation: He is not running. He is dropping out of politics to concentrate on his family and his business….

Graves kindly reached out to me Thursday night to offer a brief interview and agreed that MinnPost could break the story this morning, a short time before his official statement is released. Here is what he told me:

‘Mission Accomplished’

“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.’ She wasn’t representing the people of the 6th District appropriately, and now she won’t be representing them. There’s no way anyone could run and win who would be worse than Michele Bachmann. So we accomplished that task.”

Looks like Bachmann was pretty savvy.

She goes out a winner, preserves her political future, and keeps a Republican congressional seat in a solid Republican district likely in the Republican column.