Michele Bachmann says she'll run in 6th District despite new map pairing her with McCollum in 4th

Minnesota's new political maps are out, and they pair Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann with Democrat Betty McCollum in the 4th District. But, as the Star Tribune reports, members of Congress don't have to live in the districts they represent, so she's free to run for re-election in her old 6th District.
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A panel of judges on Tuesday released the new maps of Minnesota's political lines, which, if history is any indication, could cause major upheaval at the Legislature.

The new Congressional districts now pair Michele Bachmann with Democrat Betty McCollum in the 4th District, but Bachmann says she'll seek re-election in her old 6th District.

And she can. As the Star Tribune reports, members of Congress don't have to live within the the districts they represent.

MPR's Bob Collins says the shift left Bachmann without many of her most ardent supporters, who remain in the new 6th District.

Forum Communications' Don Davis says the new maps continue a long trend of greater Minnesota losing lawmakers as the metro suburbs -- especially the outer-ring burbs -- grow and the population shifts.

The Associated Press reports 46 lawmakers are paired with other incumbents, leaving 23 districts with open seats.

For a lot more, check out MinnPost's handy interactive guide to the 2012 districts.

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