Census data to allow GOP to pick up additional seats and strengthen majority

The Census data has shown what everybody already knew.  The South and West are picking up seats and the North and Midwest.  The situation will have power shifting from Democratically aligned states to states leaning Republican.  And it is even worse than that for the Democrats because the GOP picked up GOP governors and gained control of state legislatures. 

That is important because it will allow redistricting, further entrenching GOP gains.  Via The Hill:

New data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau shows sizable shifts in population from Democratic-leaning states in the Industrial Midwest to Republican-leaning states in the Sun Belt.

That translates to fresh political opportunity for Republicans who, after netting 63 House seats in the 2010 election, stand to solidify their majority in Congress during the upcoming round of redistricting.

In all, 12 House seats shifted.

The biggest gain, as expected, was the state of Texas, which will have four new House seats. The only other state netting more than one additional seat is Florida, which was awarded two new seats Tuesday.

The biggest losers this round are the presidential battleground state of Ohio and heavily Democratic New York — both states will lose two seats.

Another eight states will lose one seat — Illinois, New Jersey, Iowa, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Missouri and Massachusetts.

Six states are gaining just a single seat — Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, South Carolina, Utah and Washington state.

Minnesota barely missed losing a House seat. It received the 435th seat that was appropriated, which North Carolina missed out on by about 15,700 people.

The five most populous states, according to the 2010 population count are California, Texas, New York, Florida and Illinois.

Also announced was the total U.S. population: 308,745,538. That's a 9.7 percent increase from the 2000 population count.

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