Republicans in the Minnesota House released their plan to redraw the state’s congressional lines. Minnesota is keeping eight seats but the 2010 Census is forcing them to redraw the political lines.
The map protects every incumbent in Minnesota’s delegation but DFL Rep. Collin Peterson swaps the 7th District with GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack’s 8th District.
The proposal for the 8th stretches from northwestern Minnesota to Minnesota’s Arrowhead. It runs south into Carlton County and Clay County.
The proposal for the 7th also slices the state horizontally. It includes Wilkin County and stretches across to Pine County and south into Chisago and Big Stone counties.
The 6th District continues to stretch across the northern Twin Cities suburbs and east into Stillwater. That enables GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann to keep her seat. Bachmann, is considering a run for President, has not announced whether she’ll make another run for Congress.
The proposal also keeps Minneapolis and St. Paul in separate districts.
I’m told Republicans in the Minnesota Senate are likely to adopt the same map. Gov. Dayton can either veto or approve the proposal. The courts will draw the lines if an agreement between Dayton and the Legislature can’t be reached by February 21st.
I’ll post more later.
Here’s the statewide map and a map for each district