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GOP poised to benefit from redistricting?

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.

Anoka County, where the GOP dominates, saw an 11 percent population jump in the decade. Sherburne County saw its numbers jump by more than one-third and Chisago County rose by nearly that percentage.

Key DFL strongholds, meanwhile, lost population in the decade. Those include Ramsey County, Minneapolis, Hibbing and Duluth.

"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."


About Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.