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Presidential Race

  • 10 electoral college votes
  • Rating:
    • Cook Political Report: Lean Democrat
  • Clinton +1.5%

Senate Race

House Races (source: 2018 Swing Left District Resources)

MN-01

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MN-01

  • Cook Political Report: Likely Republican
  • Population Centers: Rochester, 112,000 (state’s  largest city outside Twin Cities); Mankato, 41,044 (incumbent’s  hometown); Winona, 27,094; Owatonna, 25,725; Austin, 24,563; Faribault, 23,650
  • Geography: MN-01 is a largely rural district in southern Minnesota with two dense population  centers: Rochester and Mankato. The district boasts gorgeous rural vistas: valleys  and bluffs, a portion of the Mississippi River, and (this being Minnesota) lots of lakes.  There are also multiple state parks and a wildlife refuge. Everyone in this district will  know about the Boundary Waters in Northeastern Minnesota, and many will have  visited it.
  • Demographics: The district’s residents are mostly white farmers and urban low-skilled laborers, but  there’s been a recent uptick in immigrants from Somalia — a country included in the  Trump travel ban — and various Latino-majority countries. There is a decent union  presence, including UNITE HERE!, the Minnesota Nurses Association, SEIU Healthcare,  and Education Minnesota.
  • Issues: Crucial issues revolve around manufacturing jobs and protections for farmers.  Almost 200,000 Minnesota residents gained healthcare partly through the ACA. Many  residents fear Islamic terrorism, given that Minnesota has produced a number of  American ISIS recruits. The “Release MN8” cause has a lot of support (the “Minnesota  8” are a group of Cambodians currently being detained by ICE).
  • Learn more at MN-01

MN-02

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MN-02

  • Cook Political Report: Lean Democrat
  • Population Centers: Eagan, 66,286; Burnsville, 61,481; Lakeville, 60,633; Apple Valley, 51,221 ; Shakopee, 39,981; Cottage Grove, 35,918
  • Geography: MN-02 is mostly flat farmable land, numerous lakes, bluff country near the  Minnesota, Mississippi, and St. Croix Rivers. These waterways are historically  important to the district and are of ongoing environmental concern due to proposed  EPA deregulation, relaxation of pollution guidelines, and the blocking of Obama’s  Clean Water Rule.
  • Citizenry: racially homogeneous, with about 93% of the population white. Culturally split; the  northern half is affluent suburbs, the southern half is rural farmland and small  towns. Unemployment is 3.7% or less throughout the district.
  • Tourism: the district contains six state parks & the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.  Other tourism assets are very limited.
  • Economy: a large portion of the district still revolves around agriculture, though suburban  expansion south from Minneapolis/St. Paul has reduced the percentage of land  devoted to it. The medical industry is very important as well. Top employers include  Pine Bend Refinery (owned by Koch brothers), 3M, Thomson Reuters North American  Legal, Blue Cross Blue Shield MN, and Northern Tool and Equipment.
  • Learn more at MN-02

MN-03

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MN-03

  • Cook Political Report: Likely Democrat
  • Population Centers: Bloomington, 86,000 (4th largest city in the state); Brooklyn Park, 79,000; Plymouth, 76,000; Maple Grove, 68,000; Eden Prairie, 63,000
  • Geography: MN-03 includes the suburbs to the north, west, and south of Minneapolis, including a  large portion of Hennepin County and small portions of Anoka and Carver counties.  The district is home to eight of the state’s largest cities. The eastern part of the  district is largely suburban, bordering Minneapolis’ 5th District; the western part is  more rural and less densely populated, with less racial and economic diversity.  Predictably, there is a stronger liberal base in the eastern half of the district, with  strong conservative leanings to the west.
  • Citizenry: overall, the district tops several lists in the state: It is both the wealthiest (median  income $80,000) and most highly educated (48% have at least a bachelor’s degree). It  has a high percentage of white residents (82%), though the district does include the  more racially diverse population of Brooklyn Park. There is some socioeconomic  diversity, ranging from the blue-collar communities of Brooklyn Park and Coon  Rapids to middle-income families in Bloomington to the wealthy suburbs of Eden  Prairie, Plymouth, Maple Grove, and Wayzata. This district seems to value moderate,  bipartisan politics and fiscal conservatism, but is not afraid to split the ticket among  candidates that fit its interests.  Unemployment is 3.7% or less throughout the district.
  • Learn more at MN-03

MN-07

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MN-07

  • Cook Political Report: Lean Democrat
  • Population Centers: Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan  area, 200,000; Willmar, 19,600; Bemidji, 14,120; Hutchinson, 14,040; Marshall, 13,570; Fergus Falls, 13,220
  • Geography: this district is the largest in Minnesota and covers most of the western part of the  state. About one-third of the people in the district live in small cities, while the  remaining two-thirds live in rural areas. The district has more than 26,000 acres of  farmland, the most in the state. Because the district is so large and is mostly rural,  canvassers and organizers will have to spread out.
  • Citizenry: the district is predominantly white (92%). However, 2.5% of the population is Native  American, and there are several reservations throughout the district. With a median  household income of $55,000 and a poverty level of 6.7% (lower than the national  average), MN-7 is predominantly middle class. While over 91% of citizens 25 or older  have a high school diploma, only around 21% have a bachelor’s degree, significantly  lower than the national average.
  • Learn more at MN-07

MN-08

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MN-07

  • Cook Political Report: Likely Republican
  • Population Centers: Duluth, 86,110; Hibbing, 16,204; Brainerd, 13,371; Cloquet, 12,075 ; Grand Rapids, 11,127 ; North Branch, 10,221
  • Geography: MN-08 covers the entirety of 17 counties and part of an 18th. It includes two national  forests and 14 state forests. Lake Superior flanks the northeast edge of the district,  and Duluth is an important trading port. The northern edge of District 8 borders  Ontario, Canada. The Mississippi runs through the center of MN-08, and there are  many other rivers, lakes, and waterways throughout the district. MN-08 is home to a  few large population centers, and many very small towns.
  • Citizenry: MN-08 is overwhelmingly white (98%). The median age of district residents is 42  years old, making it the oldest district in Minnesota. Opioid use and deaths from  overdose have increased in recent years in Minnesota, and rates of use are highest in  the northeast corner. Three of the state’s six counties with the highest rates of  overdose are in MN-08.
  • Learn more at MN-08

Critical State Races

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