We know, every political is looking at the maps and determining how it affects them. The first two elements of the Congressional Map, which stand out are the 2nd Congressional District loses Goodhue and Wabasha counties, and due to their conservative bent, makes the district more favorable to incumbent Congresswoman Angie Craig (D-MN02). The 8th Congressional District picks up all of the northern Native American Tribal lands and moves farther west, but could be problematic for incumbent Congressman Pete Stauber (R-MN08) and becomes more competitive.
Communities of Interest include Minneapolis and St Paul as their own and the separate congressional districts of 5 and 4 remain. Mainly, the rest of the state’s Congressional Districts look familiar when comparing to 2012.
The Redistricting Principles established, do incorporate the concerns of the BIPOC communities in the federal line drawing and also in the areas of growth in the legislative map. (page 12) The entirety of the state districts adhered to no greater than 2% deviation. The largest negative deviation is .97% and the largest positive being .92% with the mean deviation of .38%.
The principles also reflect the three regional zones of rural, suburban and urban. They worked diligently to reflect political subdivisions into the mapmaking. The Iron Rage is largely in a single senate district, as is St Cloud and in the case of Rochester, and Mankato and North Mankato, by inclusion of the neighboring towns, could be seen as suburbs of those regional centers.
Later, we will have a political breakdown, and who is paired against who, inter and intra-party.