Bachmann plans run regardless of redistricting 20 Feb 12

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann says she intends to run for reelection to her Minnesota congressional seat regardless of what happens to her current district when a judicial panel redraws state political boundaries this week.

Bachmann was at Minnesota’s Capitol Monday for a news conference on healthcare spending. She said afterward that she’ll be back on Tuesday, after the Minnesota Supreme Court’s redistricting panel releases new lines for the state’s eight congressional districts and 67 legislative districts for the next 10 years.

Bachmann’s congressional district has gained more population in the last decade than any other in the state. That means the district, which currently includes suburbs east and north of the Twin Cities and reaches northwest to St. Cloud, could change its shape significantly.

That could pit Bachmann against another congressional incumbent like Democrat Betty McCollum or Republican Chip Cravaack.

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