Posted at 10:24 AM on February 21, 2012
by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Politics
We won't know for sure until 1 p.m. when we see Minnesota's redrawn political boundaries. But the odds are good that the state's Republicans will be smiling.
Legislative maps will reflect population shifts over the past decade. Those shifts have put a lot more people into Republican leaning suburbs and exurbs and away from DFL strongholds in the city.
Statewide, Minnesota's population grew 7.8 percent from 2000 to 2010. But there are places where the population grew at more than three times that rate and many of them vote Republican already.
"Republicans are going to benefit because there are more people in the suburbs and the exurbs," MPR News political reporter Tom Scheck said this morning.
There won't be any GOP "dancing in the end zone" when the maps come out at 1 p.m. he added. But Republicans are "quietly confident that this is going to help them in the long term."