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Minnesota clings to its eight Congressional seats, barely

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Minnesota will keep its congressional seats after the 2020 Census-related apportionment.

The US House has 435 seats to divvy among the 50 states.

Minnesota’s population grew 7.4 percent, slightly above the national average of 7.1 percent.

Other states in the Northeast and Midwest are losing seats in this process while the South and West are gaining them.

Governor Tim Walz said Monday that Minnesota barely clung to its 435th seat by fewer than 1,000 people.

For instance, had 89 more New Yorkers been counted, New York would have kept its 26 seats while Minnesota lost one.

Had Minnesota lost its seat, as was predicted, the seven other districts would have grown by about 100,000 people, which would have been felt especially hard in greater Minnesota.

Minnesota led the nation in self-response to the census, with more than 75% of households returning their census form without additional follow up from a census taker.