Now that the U.S. Census has released its new totals of House seats as a result of the 2010 Census, there were winners and losers.


Now that the U.S. Census has released its new totals of House seats as a result of the 2010 Census, there were winners and losers.

The Midwest saw losses while the South and Far West picked up gains in population, thus also in representation.

“We were actually surprised that the new numbers didn’t show even more change in apportionment, given the housing market downturn in the past two years and the onset of the recession this last year,” said Kimball Brace, president of Election Data Services, Inc. “Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia actually increased their rate of change this past year compared to the year before.

Here is a breakdown of reapportionment winners and losers:

WINNERS
By far, the biggest winner of this decade cycle was Texas. The Lone Star State will gain four seats while Florida stands to gain two.

The West and the South saw enough gains to pick up additional representation as Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Washington all stand to gain one seat in the U.S. House.

Under the cutoff, Washington and South Carolina each gained a House seat with roughly 25,000 people to spare.

LOSERS
By far the Midwest and the East were hit the hardest by the release of population figures.

Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania each stand to lose one House seat, while Ohio and New York will each lose two seats.

NO CHANGE
Most states, including Kansas, will see no change in their representation in the U.S. House. Kansas will keep all of its four Congressional districts.

Nebraska, Colorado and Oklahoma will also keep the same number of districts in 2012.

DOWN THE MIDDLE
It may be too early to tell whether Republicans or Democrats came out ahead in the reapportionment game.

While Texas is gaining four seats and Republicans have control over the process, it may or may not be a win for the GOP.

“Republicans will probably need to draw two new Democratic-friendly Hispanic-majority districts in order to both shore up the rest of their own seats and add two for themselves,” said David Wasserman, House editor with the Cook Political Report in Washington, D.C.

Louisiana faces a similar issue. The state is losing a seat and the GOP have control of the Governor’s Mansion and half of the state Legislature, but they cannot take away the lone Democratic seat because it is an African-American majority district, Wasserman said.

Matthew Clark can be reached at matthew.clark@morningsun.net or at 620-231-2600, Ext. 140