According to the U.S. Census Bureau, our nation’s changing demographics will dramatically alter our electoral map in the years ahead. As Aaron Blake of the Washington Post reports, “the census numbers reshuffled the number of seats in Congress for 18 states, based on population gains and losses over the past decade. Most states gaining seats went for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in the 2008 presidential election, while almost all states that lost seats were won by President Obama — many of them in the Rust Belt.”
Texas and Florida will acquire multiple new congressional seats, likely due to population influxes facilitated by an increased presence of Hispanic populations. Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Washington will also each gain a seat during redistricting.
At the other end of the spectrum, New York, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania are the biggest losers, with New York and Ohio losing two congressional seats a piece, and the others ceding one seat to redistricting.
According to Blake, “five of the eight states that are gaining seats were won by McCain in the 2008 presidential race. Eight of the 10 that are losing seats went to Obama.”
Though the impact of these seat changes is yet to be seen, it will certainly add a new dynamic to the nation’s political equation moving into the 112th Congress.