'Every ounce' mattered: How Minnesota saved eighth seat in U.S. House



Mónica Hurtado, from Voices for Racial Justice, held up a selfie frame that was part of the census ad campaign. She met in the demographer's war room with State Demographer Susan Brower and XP Lee of the Minnesota Census Mobilization Partnership.

XP Lee hadn't thought much about the census before attending a 2018 meeting on the nationwide population count for his job with the city of Brooklyn Park.

But he sat up when state officials said Minnesota came within 15,000 people of losing one of its eight seats in Congress a decade ago and things were looking even tighter now.

He figured there were thousands of people undercounted in his own Hmong community.



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