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Redistricting map sets up Bachmann vs McCollum

Posted at 1:08 PM on February 21, 2012 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Politics

MPR News political reporters and editors are analyzing the new congressional redistricting maps that came out a few minutes ago. Here are the highlights.

-- Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann and DFL Rep. Betty McCollum are set up for a possible showdown in a reconstructed district.

-- The seat Bachmann now holds in the Minnesota 6th District is now open in the reconstructed district.

-- All other incumbents continue to live within the redrawn congressional boundaries.

MPR News reporter Catharine Richert writes:

The state's new political boundaries pair Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann and DFL Rep. Betty McCollum in a new 4th Congressional district that stretches from St. Paul east to the St. Croix River.

A Minnesota five-judge panel released the new maps today. McCollum's district now effectively cuts Washington Co. in half, which means a part of the old 6th Congressional District that includes Stillwater, Bachmann's home, is now in the 4th .

Just because Bachmann's home is now in the 4th Congressional District doesn't mean that she's required to run there, leaving the door open for her to run again in the 6th.

The new 6th district also carves out some of Carver County, which was previously in the 2nd Congressional District, currently held by Republican Rep. John Kline.

The 6th lines were redrawn so dramatically because population there has grown significantly in the last decade; the U.S. Constitution requires that congressional districts have equal population.

The courts plan retains eight congressional districts in the state and keeps all the incumbents apart from Bachmann in the districts they currently represent.


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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.