Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-Minn.) surprise retirement announcement has boosted Republican hopes of keeping her seat, which had initially been a top Democratic target going into 2014.

Republicans say they have a deep bench of potential contenders for the seat, which was redrawn as the most Republican district in Minnesota in 2010. And with Bachmann out, most Republicans contend their path to a win becomes much smoother.

“This is a bad day for the DCCC,” said one national GOP campaign operative, referring to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.