(CNN) - The U.S. Census Bureau numbers are out and the news is good for red states when it comes to adding new seats in the House of Representatives.
The U.S. Constitution mandates that a census be conducted every 10 years to reflect the population shifts in the country accurately. The new numbers spell out congressional reapportionment as the states divvy up the 435 seats in the House.
In a press conference Tuesday, the findings showed a growing population in western and southern states - areas where Republicans tend to do well in elections.
–A shift of 12 seats affecting 18 different states
–8 states will gain seats, including Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Washington.
–Those losing states include Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
–Thirty-two states saw no gains in seats