New Boundaries On Tap For Minnesota Seats In Congress
ST. PAUL (AP) – Republicans are ready to offer a new-look playing field for Minnesota’s eight seats in the U.S. House.
A redistricting plan expect to come out Monday will suggest adjusted district lines reflect population shifts. The proposal would alter how the campaigns for those seats play out and could influence GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann’s 2012 plans.
The redistricting process appears certain to land in the courts.
Republicans are in charge of the Legislature, but Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton has said he will only sign redistricting plans with broad bipartisan support.
Democrats currently hold five of the state’s U.S. House seats.
But Republicans represent the two of the districts that substantially exceed the ideal population, meaning they’ll probably shrink in geographic size.
Bachmann, a possible presidential candidate, is in one of those.
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