Republicans Likely To Pick Up Seats In Congress After Redistricting

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Republicans likely to pick up seats in Congress after redistrictingThe GOP could gain a significant advantage in future congressional races, thanks to the latest population data released by the United States Census Bureau.

According to media reports, Texas will add four congressional seats, Florida will gain two and Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Georgia and South Carolina will each add one. These Republican-leaning states will add representatives beginning in 2012.

States that will lose seats are located in the Northeast and Midwest. New York and Ohio will each lose two, while Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri and New Jersey all lose a seat. Louisiana was the only Southern state to lose representation because of the population decline following Hurricane Katrina.

The new census data may also impact a tight presidential election because each state receives one electoral vote for each U.S. representative it has.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the GOP gained more than two dozen seats in the House following the 1990 census, which helped Republicans take control of the chamber in 1994.

"We are in a position to exceed those gains," Christopher Jankowski, who directs redistricting for the Republican State Leadership Committee, told the news provider.

The census revealed that the overall U.S. population stands at 308,745,538, which is a 9.7 percent increase since 2000. However, it is the slowest pace of growth since the decade of 1930 to 1940.

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