It’s reapportionment time. And Minnesota – which held onto its eighth US House seat just about the lowest possible margin ten years ago – finally stands to lose a Representative.
California and New York appear to be in line to lose 2 or 3 seats apiece, with Florida and Texas the big winners so far, by all appearances.
But what’ll happen in Minnesota?
You can wager money that “combining the 4th and 5th CDs” won’t be on the table. Don’t even bother.
To my mind, it looks a little like this:\
- The 4th and 5th are sacrosanct. They’re not going anywhere.
- The 1st, 7th and 8th are associated with large, socially and geographically distinct areas.
But the 2nd, 3rd and 6th are all mixed bags. Now, I don’t think there’s much case to be made to dissolve the 6th, much as the DFL would love to send Tom Emmer back to private practice.
But getting consolidating either the 2nd or 3rd, and expanding the neithboring districts to fill in the gap, makes a lot of sense.