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U.S. CENSUS GIVES MORE HOUSE SEATS TO TEXAS, FLORIDA

Texas, Florida and North Carolina are among the states that will gain congressional seats based on new population data from the US census, a shift that could boost Republican chances of recapturing the US House of Representatives from Democrats in next year’s midterm elections, Joseph Ax reported for Reuters.

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The overall US population stood at 331,449,281, the Census Bureau said on Monday, a 7.4% increase over 2010 representing the second-slowest growth of any decade in history.


The release of the data, delayed for months due to the coronavirus pandemic, sets the stage for a battle over redistricting that could reshape political power in Washington during the next decade. States use the numbers and other census data to redraw electoral maps based on where people have moved.


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Under the US Constitution, the 435 seats in the House and the votes in the Electoral College that select the president every four years are divided among the 50 states based on population, with every state receiving at least one congressional seat. The seats are reallocated every 10 years following the decennial census count.


The shift in seats reflects broader population trends that have seen the South and West grow more rapidly than the Northeast and Midwest for decades. Texas will receive two more congressional seats next year, and five states - Florida, North Carolina, Colorado, Montana, and Oregon - will gain one congressional seat each, the census bureau said. New York, California, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia will each lose one seat. California, the most populous US state, lost a congressional seat for the first time in its 170-year history.



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