Redistricting puts Bachmann and McCollum in same district, but Michele will run elsewhere

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Despite living in the redrawn 4th District, Bachmann will run in the more suburban 6th District.
The panel charged with drawing the state's new political boundaries released their long-awaiting redistricting maps this afternoon.

Unless you're a hardcore political wonk, there aren't too many newsworthy changes to discuss, with one exception -- the redrawn maps lumped together U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-St. Paul (formerly of the 4th congressional district) and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Stillwater (formerly of the 6th congressional district).

In other words, the redrawn maps have both McCollum's and Bachmann's residences in the same congressional district, presumably setting up a very entertaining showdown between the two this November. Right?

Wrong. Minutes after the redistricting maps were released, Bachmann announced that she'll actually seek reelection in the 6th district, despite the fact she no longer lives there. Candidates for U.S. Congress must live in-state, but don't have to live in the congressional district they're seeking to represent.

Bachmann said:
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Bachmann vs. McCollum would've been a political matchup for the ages.
I'm announcing today that I will be running in the 6th Congressional district. I'll continue my service to the people in the district where I essentially went to junior high, high school, college, had my babies born and we built our business and we have our church and our family.
McCollum has never received less than 59 percent of the vote during her tenure as 4th District representative and would've presented a tough challenge for Bachmann. Furthermore, Bachmann's brand of fire-and-brimstone conservatism plays much better in the suburbs and exurbs of the 6th than it does in the more urban 4th, so her decision makes a lot of sense.

Now that aspiring politicians know the lay of the land, we should see the congressional races heat up in the coming weeks. Unfortunately for those of us who enjoy a good old-fashioned political slugfest, those races won't include a McCollum vs. Bachmann matchup.

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-- Bachmann may face tough reelection battle
-- Michele Bachmann will run again come hell or high water
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E K
E K

Why are they including all of this suburban area into the 4th District.  I thought the districts were supposed to be areas that had something in common?  What does the East Side of St. Paul have in common with Bayport?

Civics Lesson
Civics Lesson

 It has nothing to do with areas being similar. It has to do with balancing the population within the lines of each district so that everyone is represented equally. That is why they are redrawn after each census. An objective redrawing would actually try to be blind to the socio-economic factors of each district.

voter
voter

i think its time she goes away... out with old ... in with the new , anyone but her ... she is so annoying !

green23
green23

Aaron wrote:"Furthermore, Bachmann's brand of fire-and-brimstone conservatism plays much better in the suburbs and exurbs of the 6th..."

Yeah, kind of. Her Tea Party persona is a more effective angle than her evangelical angle in those areas. Playing up the evangelical agenda will get you the nomination, but the 'fiscal conservative' and 'liberty' schtick is what gets you the win.

Remember, it took Bachmann three attempts and a big Republican wave election to get an outright majority in her strongly Republican district. The 'social conservative' stuff tends to turn off Independents, which is why the Independence Party has done so well in the Sixth after Bachmann was anointed.

Bachmann also has benefited from the idea that electing her pisses off the metro area "libs". That narrative has undergone some serious damage with her failed Presidential campaign and the recent polling showing her deep unpopularity throughout the State. A significant percentage of Minnesota Republicans don't want her to run for the House again, and she is seen as more of a punchline than as an irritant to anyone.

In the "big picture", it's probably for the best to have her remain in office and keep reminding voters what the MN GOP has turned into.

The big news is that Kline's district just got bluer. He could face a stiff challenge in 2014.

Cravaack's district is pretty much a wash, and he was already rated as a 'toss-up" before re-districting. This is the most likely pick-up for the DFL.

Peggy Olson
Peggy Olson

She's embarrassing but harmless. What has she done? What's her record? Nothing and nothing.

green23
green23

 According to Kirk, she scares the "libs". She doesn't really have to do any legislating, or even show up at her job. Just scaring the "libs" is a good enough reason to keep re-electing her, apparently.

 I think we both agree that she embarrasses people rather than "scares" them.

tcrock
tcrock

MN 6th = buttholeville

pizza
pizza

and i'm announcing today that i'm moving OUT of the 6th....

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

You poor people of Woodbury; now you have Betty McCommie to represent you.This is the woman that says: NO Bridge for you!

 

pizza
pizza

she's actually not bad. much better than bachmann

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

ha!  Betty is better than Michele?  What makes her better?  Is because the left leaning media doesn't paint Betty as crazy.  Well duh!  Anything else?  Something substantive perhaps?  Betty McCommie picked up all those conservatives in Woodbury, Lake Elmo Bayport and Stillwater for her 4th district; I say "thank you" judges!!!!!  That Hwy 36 bridge issue is going to kill her in the eyes of those people.  Besides, we now have the vote of the Hmong community.  The Leaders from that community (saint paul) told us that Betty McCommie told the Hmung community the Republicans HATE THEM.  And now they have learned otherwise.  Bye Bye Betty...

green23
green23

 Her district went from 64% Democrat to 63%. Yeah, she's in big trouble. Just like Ellison and Klobuchar. The "libs" are scared. Sheesh.

pizza
pizza

you gotta calm down Captain Kirk

notBubba
notBubba

a blind, three-legged dog would be better than Bachman....

pizza
pizza

hah, true enough!

Lando
Lando

Understatement of the century.

Aj Janssen
Aj Janssen

I thought she said she would not run again is she could not be the pres....lol 

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

When did she say that?Better question would be; who brainwashed you to believe that as fact?

pizza
pizza

kirk, again calm down. this is me, a friend, telling you you're making a fool of yourself. cmon man, we got this!

FellowHuman
FellowHuman

A better reaction from you would have been total silence.

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