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As readers of DailyKos Elections, you are no doubt familiar with PVI. For the last few years I have been doing a version of PVI for Minnesota Legislative districts that I very creatively call hPVI, which stands for hybrid Partisan Voting Index.

It's a hybrid because rather than using the results of the last two Presidential elections, as PVI does, hPVI uses the results of the last Presidential election and the last Gubernatorial election. This makes the data not only more localized, but more fresher.

The original version of this post appeared on LeftMN, and was preceded by an intro post, that you may or may not find relevant.

In the graph below each bar represents a Senate district, the height of the bar representing the hPVI of the district, districts on the left side of the graph are Republican leaning and districts on the right side are Democratic leaning. The color of the bar represents the party that currently occupies the seat.

The first vertical bar acts as the demarcation between Republican and Democratic leaning seats. The location of the 34th seat, the number of seats needed for control of the Senate, is marked by the second vertical bar.

This graph vividly illustrates just how concentrated with Democrats the most Democratic districts are compared to the concentration of Republicans in the most Republican districts.

On the GOP side there is a smooth and gradual incline, giving the Republicans a bunch of strong, if not overwhelmingly so, districts. The DFL side, however, cannot be described as gradual in the least.

The most Republican district in the entire state is 1 point more Republican than the second most Republican district. The most Democratic district is 7 points more Democratic than the second most Democratic district. Even more telling, there are 12 districts that are more concentrated with DFLers than the most Republican district.

The above graph also illustrates the amount of penetration each party has into the others districts; with DFL Senator Vicki Jensen sitting in an R+4 district and GOP Senator Jeremy Miller sitting in a D+3 district.

The graph below breaks down the districts into three buckets, roughly; GOP friendly, competitive and DFL friendly.

Looking at the districts this way there doesn't seem to be too many differences between the distribution of seats between the two parties. Both have about 20 districts that are moderately favorable or better, and there's more then 25 districts up for grabs in the middle.

But those seats in the middle are not evenly distributed, as seen in the graph below that further breaks down the R+5 to D+5 range seen in the graph above.

There are more then twice as many districts that fall into the R+5 to R+2 bucket as there are districts that fall into the D+5 to D+2 bucket. So while both parties have roughly the same number of districts that they are strongly favored to win, the Republicans have twice as many districts that give them a more modest advantage.

The DFL is in the majority because they hold a majority of those R+5-R+2 districts and all but two of the R+1-D+5 districts.

Here is the entire Senate hPVI list:

SD Senator Party hPVI
1 LeRoy Stumpf DFL R+2
2 Rod Skoe DFL R+4
3 Thomas Bakk DFL D+11
4 Kent Eken DFL D+1
5 Tom Saxhaug DFL D+2
6 David Tomassoni DFL D+17
7 Roger Reinert DFL D+21
8 Bill Ingebrigtsen GOP R+10
9 Paul Gazelka GOP R+11
10 Carrie Ruud GOP R+5
11 Tony Lourey DFL D+6
12 Torrey Westrom GOP R+7
13 Michelle Fischbach GOP R+9
14 John Pederson GOP EVEN
15 Dave Brown GOP R+12
16 Gary Dahms GOP R+7
17 Lyle Koenen DFL R+2
18 Scott Newman GOP R+12
19 Kathy Sheran DFL D+5
20 Kevin Dahle DFL R+3
21 Matt Schmit DFL R+4
22 Bill Weber GOP R+7
23 Julie Rosen GOP R+7
24 Vicki Jensen DFL R+4
25 David Senjem GOP R+3
26 Carla Nelson GOP R+2
27 Dan Sparks DFL D+8
28 Jeremy Miller GOP D+3
29 Bruce Anderson GOP R+12
30 Mary Kiffmeyer GOP R+14
31 Michelle Benson GOP R+14
32 Sean Nienow GOP R+8
33 David Osmek GOP R+13
34 Warren Limmer GOP R+9
35 Branden Petersen GOP R+9
36 John Hoffman DFL R+1
37 Alice Johnson DFL EVEN
38 Roger Chamberlain GOP R+6
39 Karin Housley GOP R+5
40 Chris Eaton DFL D+16
41 Barbara Goodwin DFL D+10
42 Bev Scalze DFL D+3
43 Charles Wiger DFL D+5
44 Terri Bonoff DFL R+1
45 Ann Rest DFL D+10
46 Ron Latz DFL D+15
47 Julianne Ortman GOP R+15
48 David Hann GOP R+4
49 Melisa Franzen DFL EVEN
50 Melissa Wiklund DFL D+9
51 Jim Carlson DFL D+1
52 James Metzen DFL D+4
53 Susan Kent DFL R+1
54 Katie Sieben DFL D+1
55 Eric Pratt GOP R+11
56 Dan Hall GOP R+5
57 Greg Clausen DFL R+3
58 Dave Thompson GOP R+10
59 Bobby Joe Champion DFL D+32
60 Kari Dziedzic DFL D+30
61 Scott Dibble DFL D+30
62 Jeff Hayden DFL D+39
63 Patricia Torres Ray DFL D+30
64 Dick Cohen DFL D+25
65 Sandy Pappas DFL D+31
66 John Marty DFL D+21
67 Foung Hawj DFL D+24
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