Here's the map of districts around Sioux Falls for the 2010 election:
Jenna Haggar's physical address, according to her 2011 contributions to the Minnehaha and state GOP, is 1201 East 8th Street, just east of Cliff Avenue. Zoom in to the 2010 map, and we see Jenna snagged into District 15 in that odd little eastward jut:
Now, let's look at the lines the Republicans drew around Sioux Falls this year:
9 retreats westward, 10 loses its bottom half to 25, save one ugly gerrymander down Highway 42. 10 advances into Sioux Falls and trades precincts with 15. Where's Jenna's house?
Sure enough: that little rectangle from I-29 to Cliff, from 6th to 10th, flips from District 15 to District 10.
Now naturally I want to see that map drawn specifically to draw Jenna out to District 10 and the comfy conservative territory of Roger Hunt and Shantel Krebs. But where else could the legislators have drawn those lines in eastern Sioux Falls? A look at the Sioux Falls precinct boundaries shows the line drawers only had so many precinct puzzle pieces to play with:
Whatever the motivation, the GOP has now sent Rep. Jenna Haggar from downtown and Morrells to the conservative rural suburbia of Brandon and Renner. Haggar scored remarkably well, in District 15, winning under her faux-Indy label in every precinct against her two Democratic challengers, Martha Vanderlinde and Patrick Kirschmann. It seems a little unfair to send her out to all new precincts except her home neighborhood. But one observer thinks Haggar will be right at home with Rep. Roger Hunt's old constituency. Can Haggar replace the old dog with her youthful tricks?