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McCollum Vs. Bachmann? Nope

by Joe Bodell on February 22, 2012 · 3 comments

Ladies and Gentlemen, your new (assuming no successful lawsuits) 2012 congressional map, featuring a potential smackdown between DFL Congresswoman Betty McCollum and Republican Michele Bachmann in the new Fourth district.

This is going to be interesting. I’m going to let TonyAngelo take the lead on this piece, and the rest of us will follow along from his (RAPID) analysis.

What we know right now is this: At the congressional level, this is largely a “status quo” and “what we figured had to happen” map. The 3rd district gets slightly redder by giving up Brooklyn Center and part of Edina to Keith Ellison’s safe-democratic 5th district, and pulling in parts of Carver County to the southwest. The biggest story here is the inclusion of Michele Bachmann’s hometown of Stillwater in Betty McCollum’s relatively safe-democratic 4th district — if Bachmann wants to run against McCollum, she has a tall order ahead; if she wants to remain a resident of her 6th district she’ll have to move.

Update: Bachmann’s people are saying she’ll run in the 6th. Probably a smart move (more to come from Tony and Bill P on that topic). Too bad she’s running away from a real fight that would get her outside her Fox News bubble.

ajwagner February 22, 2012 at 12:19 am

Congressional representatives don’t have to live in their district.  Bachmann might move to the 6th district, or might not even bother.  

It does look like McCollum will probably draw stronger challengers with the southern part of Washington County being in her district.  But I highly doubt it will be Bachmann.  

Let’s nip the McCollum vs. Bachmann meme in the bud.  

flash February 22, 2012 at 12:25 am

Bachmann stays in the 6th and doesn’t even bother moving.

ericf February 22, 2012 at 1:50 am

with the sane people in the 6th. Even if Bachmann doesn’t run, the replacement Republican is likely to be another crazy person. Probably not as crazy as Bachmann, but given modern Republicans, someone dogmatically ideological at least.

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