Even if Democrats poured everything into their effort to defeat Bachmann, they'd have a tough time. Her new district, only slightly altered from the one she's represented since 2007, is the most conservative in the state. And it's only gotten more Republican with redistricting: In 2008, Bachmann's old district gave Sen. John McCain 53 percent of the vote. The precincts that make up her new district gave McCain a combined 55 percent.
Bachmann was technically drawn out of her district, but the new seat in which she'll run has 628,000 of her old constituents -- 93 percent of her old district. She'll have to introduce herself to just 34,000 new residents, all of whom lived in Rep. John Kline's district until this year.
And yet even with the added terrain, Bachmann is worried. "A major development has just occurred in my race for the U.S. House of Representatives and I'm asking for your immediate help," Bachmann wrote her list a few months back. "You see, in retaliation for repeatedly standing up to President Obama on the national stage, liberal judges have redrawn the lines of my Minnesota Congressional District to try and wipe me off of the political map once and for all."
Not to nitpick, but perhaps Bachmann's team was a little behind the curve. That email went to Bachmann's list on May 8 -- eleven weeks after the Minnesota Supreme Court revealed the borders of the state's new maps.
Perhaps those liberal judges, the ones who gave Bachmann the more conservative district, neglected to send her the new map in time.