The Census reapportionment numbers are out, and the winner is … Texas.
New U.S. Census Bureau data released Tuesday will expand congressional delegations in the Southwestern region of the nation, reflecting a widespread population migration over the past decade that further erodes the political might of the Northeast and Midwest.
Fueled by an explosion in its Hispanic population, Texas will add four new House seats — a larger gain than for any other state — broadening its delegation to 36 members in the House of Representatives. Arizona, Nevada and Utah — all of which have also seen significant population increases over the past decade — will gain one seat apiece.
A few Southern states also will gain seats. Florida picked up two seats and will expand to 27 districts, while Georgia and South Carolina picked up one seat each.
At the same time, the data showed population diminishing in Northeastern states — several of which will shed seats in apportionment. New York and Ohio will both lose two House seats, while Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Michigan will lose one seat apiece.
A handful of Midwestern states will also lose seats: Missouri, Iowa, Illinois and Michigan will all shed one district apiece. …The actual breakdown is as follows:
GAINSThe upshot for 2012 is that President Obama will start the campaign down 6 Electoral College votes versus where he was in 2008. Good times.
SOUTH CAROLINA +1
NEW JERSEY -1
NEW YORK -2