Today a five-judge panel has released the final redistricting plan for Minnesota’s legislative and congressional maps. Though there are many large overviews of the plan in the state media, tonight I will spend some time analyzing the impact on northeastern Minnesota House and Senate districts and Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District.
In summary, the 8th CD is largely unchanged, with Rep. Chip Cravaack still here. Iron Range and Duluth legislative incumbents are largely protected, though the orientation moves west (not south as I had suspected). Rep. Carly Melin absorbs a lot of Itasca County precincts. Rep. Tom Anzelc gets Grand Rapids and parts of Beltrami County. We cannot determine at this time whether Rep. Carolyn McElfatrick lives in the same district as Anzelc or in a new district created in Beltrami and Cass counties. I think she might, but it’s unclear until I see the detailed maps which are not up yet.
UPDATE: It is Anzelc vs. McElfatrick in the new 5B. A full post with deeper analysis is here.