Census results: Red states make gains
December 21st, 2010
11:45 AM ET
10 years ago

Census results: Red states make gains

(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.

The figures:

–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

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soundoff (94 Responses)
  1. Pennsylvania Super Patriot Deluxe

    Yes, the Red States are making gains. not only in population, but also in IQ points. It's a win-win for everyone.

    December 21, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. gt

    it wont matter if the gop doesnt find leader to turn this country around....

    December 21, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. BeanerECMO

    Unfortunately, the red states will be turning blue from the invasion and bringing with them the unsustainable entitlement mentality; hence, (contrary to Pennsylvania Super Patriot Deluxe) IQ will be depressed in the red states and increased in the blue states.

    December 21, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. Sametestsameresults

    Hopefully smarter people are moving south and west to help with the lack of intelligence we see in the average voting cycles.

    December 21, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. clark1b

    I wonder if abortion attitudes between have an affect on this trend with more liberals having abortions than conservatives .......

    December 21, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. Ryan

    Still waiting to meet a GOP candidate better than Obama.... waiting... waiting...

    December 21, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  7. kat

    The GOP has a lot of potential candidates, I just hope they will select one with a strong following. While I like Sarah Palin and a lot of the things she stand for, I find it hard to believe she could be elected at this time. I think America learned her lesson by electing someone with NO experience. Anyone would be more qualified than the clown we have now, but I still don't think Palin could be elected with all the media out to get her. God bless this country. Merry Christmas to all.

    December 21, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  8. Daren C. Brabham

    This isn't surprising. This is whole premise for the movie Idiocracy.

    December 21, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  9. ankar

    This is a bit misleading. Just because the population in "red states" increases, doesn't necessarily mean that those people will automatically vote Republican. Generally, over the last 10 years, Western and Southern states have added new jobs and have attracted residents from other coastal states. The states listed also generally have lower costs of living. I wouldn't be surprised that traditional red states become much more competitive in future elections, not the other way around. The demographics of the residents is what is important, not just the number.

    December 21, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. Martin

    Yes the red states are making gains because more Democrats are moving there and diluting Republican strength. This has been a pattern for some time now...Its good that we are becoming a more integrated society.

    December 21, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  11. Bob

    Wouldn't it be great if it weren't "red states" or "blue states", but rather, "American States"?

    December 21, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  12. freddycanuck

    hey gt... how about Jeb Bush... isn't he the next royal in line to your throne? What's that?... the US is a republic you say. hahahahahah.... good one.

    December 21, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  13. Tiffany

    I think the number should be higher. I believe many people such as the hispanics did not complete a census out of fear.

    December 21, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  14. Vince

    When do the people of D.C. get members in the house? I would like to see the Tea Party take up this issue, since they are concerned with taxation without representation. I'm assuming they don't take up that issue since adding seats to D.C. would most likely result in more Democratic members.

    December 21, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  15. markg8

    Democrats are invading red states. Oh noes!

    December 21, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  16. renko

    Growth in these so called "Red States" is due mainly to immigration (voting more Democrats) and to the shift from educated people from the North East... meaning a well educated person is understanding evolutionism is what made us and not creationism and do not believe the Tea Party arguments. So, this doesn't mean that these States will vote more red than blue. Wait and see....

    December 21, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  17. jim

    the gop doesn't need a strong leader gt. all they have to do is obstruct democrats and people vote for them thinking democrats can't get anything done. it is already working. now democrats just have to do the same thing and our system will be COMPLETELY broken down.

    December 21, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  18. Justin

    Red states may be gaining people but they are not WHITE people who make up the republican party. The gains have the potential to only decrease the red-ness of those states as hispanics are not voting republican and you'll find that hispanics are where the population gains are coming from.

    December 21, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  19. Peter


    BLUE STATES lose some of their Democratic voters – yet remain firmly BLUE....

    While Democratic voters move to RED states – making them less reliably RED and more PURPLE?

    I love it. 😀 😀

    December 21, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  20. Jahi98

    Florida is actually more of a "purple" state that is trending blue (according to how residents are registering). We'll see how it shakes out in 2012.

    December 21, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  21. Fair is Fair

    "Still waiting to meet a GOP candidate better than Obama.... waiting... waiting..."

    Meet my dog Baxter. No need to wait any longer.

    December 21, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  22. Maximillian

    Well as typical in many other nations. The poorly educated will have lots of kids in hopes that one of them will make it big while the others suck our resources dry and vote Republicans to give tax breaks to the rich. Thanks!

    December 21, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  23. Bart in Omaha

    Hold the parades, conservatives. Are you sure the gains are all GOP voters? Most likely those gains are latinos and are Democratic voters. So actually, it is bad news as your votes are getting watered down. Sorry, this Country is not always going to vote the way old white men want them to.

    December 21, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  24. truesoy

    Republicans should be careful what they wish for. A shitf in population, or population growth in red states could also turn an otherwise 'red' state into a 'blue' state. And it wouldn't be so bad, either.

    December 21, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  25. Sceptical1

    By my math, there should be six new congressional seats. Each district averages 700,000 residents. 308.7 million divided by 700,000 would be 441. Currently we have 435 seats. The big question is; will Congress approve these six new seats? Or, will this issue just fall victim to more political gridlock? Of course, the even bigger question is; do we really want more politicians? Will more politicians be an asset or a hinderance? Hmmmm...

    December 21, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
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