Tuesday, February 21, 2012 By Aaron Brown
In summary, the 8th CD is largely unchanged, with Rep. Chip Cravaack still here. Iron Range and Duluth legislative incumbents are largely protected, though the orientation moves west (not south as I had suspected). Rep. Carly Melin absorbs a lot of Itasca County precincts. Rep. Tom Anzelc gets Grand Rapids and parts of Beltrami County. We cannot determine at this time whether Rep. Carolyn McElfatrick lives in the same district as Anzelc or in a new district created in Beltrami and Cass counties. I think she might, but it's unclear until I see the detailed maps which are not up yet.
UPDATE: It is Anzelc vs. McElfatrick in the new 5B. A full post with deeper analysis is here.