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Bachmann Will Run in New 6th District

February 21, 2012

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., will remain in the 6th District, where she'll run for reelection, even as a new congressional map unveiled by a redistricting panel on Tuesday draws her home into Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum's 4th District.

"I refuse to allow the courts to arbitrarily determine who my friends, neighbors, and constituents are, and I will take every necessary step to correct this injustice. I have therefore decided to campaign for re-election in the new sixth district, where a majority of my constituents remain," Bachmann said in an email to supporters on Tuesday afternoon.

Bachmann currently represents the 6th District, which stands to become a bit more GOP-friendly under the new map. There is no law preventing Bachmann from running in the 6th even though her home isn't located there under the new map.

Elsewhere, the new map does not propose any dramatic changes. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

In the congressional maps, the panel appears to have made minimal changes to equalize population throughout the state's eight congressional districts. The court kept the same basic shapes they districts have had since 2002, rather than stretching the districts along east-west lines as some had suggested.

Check out the complete map here.


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