In the case of NY, it was a razor-thin shortcoming in the nationwide population count that caused the state to just barely miss out on maintaining its representation.
Colorado, Montana and OR were the only western states to add seats after the census showed the population had increased in those states. Neighboring New York and Pennsylvania, in contrast, each lost one seat.
NY and California are among seven states who will each lose a congressional district under the new count. Amid that, Texas will gain two seats in the redistricting process, the results found. So will Florida, one of several states in the Sun Belt to gain. But in reality, the state population grew by 6.1% over the last 10 years, to about 39.5 million.
The U.S. House of Representatives has 435 seats, determined by apportionment totals from the Census Bureau.
NY fell just 89 people short of not losing a seat. The once-in-a-decade process of counting every American was hampered by the coronavirus pandemic and by former President Donald Trump's attempted interference a year ago, including a failed push to include a citizenship question on the census form. On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by the state of OH that tried to get the U.S. Census Bureau to provide data used for drawing congressional and legislative districts ahead of its planned release.
In the case of California, officials said births have exceeded deaths, and there has been inward global migration.
ME and other states will use the population counts to redraw their congressional district lines so that each district contains roughly that many people, but that process is certain to be delayed since the redistricting data is already one month behind schedule.
'We don't know yet how good the census is, ' Kimball Brace, director of Election Data Services, told DailyMail.com. However, the increase in Washington state's population contributed to the 9.2% growth in the West as that region and the South increased and the East and North portions of the nation decreased in population. The issue is is whether or not that will continue or to the degree that it continues'. Its House delegation drops from 18 to 17 members.
Republicans hold three much geographically larger districts that combined cover most of greater Minnesota, and a fourth district that combines parts of the north metro and the St. Cloud area.
The state Legislature, which is controlled by Democrats, can ultimately overrule the commission and come up with its own district maps.
Partisan control allows members of either party to manipulate the results through effective gerrymandering in states that allow political redistricting. "If I'm an incumbent, I'm thinking the Legislature is going to probably do a "least changes" plan", he said. 'You have to look at whose hands are on the mouse, ' he said - referencing high-tech software lawmakers can use to maximize their chances.
The surprising news avoids a potential showdown between Representative David N. Cicilline, an increasingly high-profile Democrat who served as an impeachment manager for former Trump's second impeachment trial, and Representative James R. Langevin, a Democrat who has built up 20 years of seniority after becoming the first quadriplegic to serve in Congress.
Heavily Republican Montana could go back to having two seats instead of one at-large seat.
And while Texas will crow as the only state to gain two seats, California will still have 14 more House seats than Texas. Despite that, Republicans have managed to keep a tight grip on the state's political power.
In fact, MA had lost a seat following three of the previous four census counts, whittling down what was a 12-seat delegation after 1970.
Not only did New Jersey not lose a House seat this time, the state was the 10th in line to receive an additional seat had there been more than 435 to hand out, according to Census Bureau calculations.
It all comes as Democrats are digging in to try to defend their narrow House majority in the off-year elections in 2022.
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