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Redistricting In Minnesota Will Spare Michele Bachmann's District, But Reduce Its Size

03/16/2011 05:40 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Way back in January of 2010, when Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) was encouraging people to not fill out the census form in full -- because she fretted that it would make it too easy to put people in internment camps! -- there was some concern that her fear-mongering was going to cost Bachmann her seat in Congress. Fortunately for Bachmann, the results of the 2010 census will not eliminate her district. That said, it still has some pretty interesting electoral implications: the district is poised to lose "close to 100,000 voters ahead of 2012." And one of those voters might be Tarryl Clark, who ran against Bachmann in 2010.

Good news for Bachmann. Not so good news for neighboring Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack:

State Sen. Tarryl Clark (D), who raised an impressive sum of money in a failed effort to oust Bachmann in 2010, could end up in the district of freshman Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.) next year depending on how the new map is drawn.

Cravaack pulled off one of last year's most surprising House upsets in defeating longtime Rep. Jim Oberstar (D) and Clark could make for a tough opponent in 2012 if her hometown ends up in Cravaack's district.

That's from The Hill's Shane D'Aprile, who notes that for Bachmann, "redistricting isn't likely to change her calculation all that much."

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