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MN 1: 51.5 Obama
Willmar, Alexandria, Fergus Falls, Detroit Lakes, Moorhead City, Bemidji
Collin Peterson (D-Detroit Lakes)
One of the least progressive Democrats - Collin's in a swing district. This district becomes a smidgen less Republican.
MN 2: 49.2 Obama
Dodger Blue (Light Blue)
Hibbing, Duluth, Brainerd, Little Falls, St. Cloud, Cambridge
Chip Cravaack (R-Lindstrom)
District does not change much- Chip's still in a swing district. It's a little less Democratic.
MN 3: 51.2 McCain
Dark Magenta (Purple)
Mankato, Fairmont, Albert Lea, Worthington, Redwood Falls, New Ulm, Glencoe, Waconia, Faribault, Marshall
Tim Walz (D-Mankato)
- I'd love to put him in a better district but Tim's from Mankato and the area around it is just so swingy. He's in a 51 Obama district now. So maybe I'd change this district a little but it's going to be a marginal seat either way.
MN 4: 52.0 Obama
Inver Grove Heights, Eagan, Cottage Grove, Hastings, Red Wing, Northfield, Rochester, Winona, Owatonna, Austin
New district- no incumbent from either party, so it's going to be a Swing seat.
MN 5: 58.5 Obama
St. Paul, Bloomington, Eagan, Savage, Shakopee, Eden Prairie, Apple Valley, Lakeville
Three incumbents live here: Betty McCollum (D-St. Paul), Erik Paulsen (R-Eden Prairie), John Kline (R-Lakeville). The two Republicans would battle it out in the primary, but Betty would be favored to win.
MN 6: 57.1 Obama
Minneapolis, Falcon Heights, Roseville, Shoreview, White Bear Lake, Little Canada, Maplewood, Oakdale, Woodbury, Stillwater, Blaine
The Incumbent is Michele Bachmann (R-Stillwater) but her old district was 53-45 McCain. This one is Democratic. She stands a good chance of being ousted from the House in this bluer MN 6.
MN 7: 57.6 Obama
Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Chahassen, St. Louis Park, Richfield, Edina, Orono, Elk River, Big Lake
No incumbent. A new freshman Democrat would likely win this seat.
MN 8: 59.6 Obama
Lavender (Slate Blue)
Minneapolis, Fridley, Golden Valley, New Hope, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Coon Rapids, Champlin, Anoka, Andover
Keith Ellison (D-Minneapolis). This is the most similar to Keith's old district, so I think he'll be here. His old district was 74-24. Obviously all the Minneapolis seats have been made much less Democratic but with a 60% Obama district, I don't think he needs to worry.
In a good Democratic year, Democrats could sweep all 8 districts. President Obama won 5 of the 8 districts under the current map. With this map, he would win 7 of the 8.
In a bad year for Democrats, the first four would be the most vulnerable.
The best part about this map is that it gets rid of Michele Bachmann, who even if she ran would likely lose to her Democratic challenger. The worst part is that Betty McCollum and Keith Ellison's districts are more of a bluish purple now and not deep blue like they were.