Five of Seven New House Seats Go To Red States After Census

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On Monday afternoon, the U.S. Census Bureau announced state congressional reapportionment numbers for the next decade based on the 2020 census, which resulted in red states gaining 5 of 7 new seats in the House of Representatives.

“As a result, we can now say with finality that Republicans will control the redrawing of 187 congressional districts (43 percent) — or 2.5 times as many as Democrats (who will redraw 75 districts, or 17 percent),” FiveThirtyEight wrote. “There are also 167 districts (38 percent) where neither party will enjoy exclusive control over redistricting (either because of independent commissions or split partisan control). And, of course, there are six districts (1 percent) that won’t need to be drawn at all (because they are at-large districts that cover their entire state).”

As red states gained seats, Democrat states like California and New York, which have seen drops in population as people try to escape their overreaching governments, have lost seats. Politico, “reapportionment amplifies the long-term shift in population and political power from northeast to southwest, which began in the middle of the last century. States like Texas and Florida continue to add seats, while New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio shed them.”

“Beginning with the 2022 midterm elections, House districts — which will be redrawn to hold equal population within each state — will reflect the new apportionment figures,” Politico added. “And the 2024 and 2028 presidential elections will be held under the changed Electoral College totals, with each state receiving one electoral vote for every representative it has, plus two for each of its senators.”