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Minnesota on the edge of losing congressional seat after 'chaotic' census count


December 30, 2020

Census worker Daniel Crawford gathered information from a person in the Cedar-Riverside area of Minneapolis in September. Jerry Holt •

It could come down to less than one half of 1% of the population of Minnesota.

The state is just 25,554 people short of holding on to all eight congressional seats, according to recent population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Minnesota comes in behind New York but ahead of Ohio, California and Virginia on the list of states that grew in the past decade - but not enough to hold its current clout in Washington, D.C.

The numbers are a preview of the final census count, which will be used to redistribute seats in the U.S. House of Representatives through the once-a-decade process known as reapportionment. If Minnesota loses a seat, it will trigger a complex realignment of the state's political map - a fraught process likely to pit members of Congress against one another and scramble political dynamics in the seven districts that remain.


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