Census results: Red states make gains
December 21st, 2010
11:45 AM ET
9 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. caesar

    We can't have the "United States", we need to know who the Other is, just like back in the Middle Ages where they used different flags bearing different crests – this is how you know who the enemy is.
    We do this all the time implicitly – just go to any bar, and spot who is clapping for or against your sports team – and commence to arguing with deep rooted hatred. Humans are so stupid, yet so predictable.

    December 21, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  2. thomas

    Let me get this straight. Red States are gaining because people from blue states are migrating to them. Won't that turn them purple? And how exactly will a red state going purple help republicans?

    December 21, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. Dave

    And so the Idiocracy begins just as Mike Judge predicted.

    December 21, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  4. Peter s

    I just love the title! " Red states make gains" which is misleading! instead it should read! "HOLDING EVERYTHING ELSE EQUAL, RED STATES MAKES GAINS AS STUPIDITY RISES WHILE LOWERING THE CAPACITY FOR REASONING."

    December 21, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. cane

    Yes, with leaders like Mitch McConnell of Kentucky this country has a really bright future.

    December 21, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. Anthony

    Interesting fact that people are actually moving away from the high tax, high unemployment. liberal, social welfare states to conservative, low tax, low unemployment, entrepreneurial states.

    December 21, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. Daws

    Since when do republicans tend to do well in western states? Are we talking about California, Hawaii, Washington? Oregon maybe, it's a swing state at most... You need to stop hiring political analysts on how confident they are and instead go off of how much they get right.

    December 21, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. Unionssukk

    Look at the list of states: Heavily unionized states lost. Job friendly, right-to-work states gained. Unions are outdated and are the death of jobs (and companies) in this country. But hey, just sit there on strike in your picket lines and try to justify other reasons why companies are outsourcing jobs to right-to-work states (and other countries).

    December 21, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  9. breed1

    Wow this sucks. The North East is were America started, the home of freedom, Harvard, financial power. We fought the evil British, the evil South, now we'll be defeated through immigration and the fact that the rest of the country can not control their birthrates like us.Now people who nothing genetic to do with the building of this great country will claim that we're all Americans, OUR forefathers. Ridiculous, the forefathers were English & Scottish Americans, i really doubt they would be happy to see what's happened to the nation they founded through blood and left for THEIR descendents.

    December 21, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. california

    Its funny to me to see all this red and blew talk like if there is two political gangs out there when did we forget we are part of this great nation or better yet great world.

    December 21, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. zestisgood

    Why would people possibly move to those aforementioned "red states"?? Maybe because they have conservative, pro-growth policies like low taxes...

    December 21, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  12. Daws

    While I agree it's likely most of this population shift likely results in a "bluer" population in red states, I wonder how much of them will be pushed to being a secure minority in gerrymandered counties, ensuring that the extra seats will still go red? Stop letting politicians pick their voters and maybe will see some real change.

    December 21, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. GI Joe

    Drop Palin, Gingrich, and some of the others and the collective IQ of the red states will fly thru the ceiling. ha ha hahhahahah

    December 21, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. Rickster

    lol...democrats are going the way of the dodo bird and rightfully so. Their ideas have been exposed as total failures(thanks, Barry) and now everybody points and laughs at democrats.

    December 21, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  15. Flush and Flush Again

    Most of the Red states are states that do not need continual handouts.
    Most of the Blue states are states that Need continual handouts.

    Red States are similar to a roaring fire burning, keeping all toasty warm and happy.
    Blue States are similar to the inside of a freezer, frozen in thought and mentality waiting to be warmed, thawed and worth something.

    December 21, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. Robert

    The more people we have, the easier it will be to do things internationally.

    What's the concern with the population at 308 million? The US is still behind by more than 1 billion relative to China (and soon India).

    December 21, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  17. Bob in Pa

    Just a few thousand more votes for freedom !

    December 21, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  18. Bob in Pa

    California – still don't get it do you ?
    We all live in this World but we can't control the other peoples in it.
    But we can control our own destiny.

    December 21, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. Pennsylvania Super Patriot Deluxe


    did you ever think that people are moving south because it's cold up north? besides, what is the south going to do with a smaller population up north and less tax revenues from the Blue States to support the Red States? you have less taxes down south because the Blue states tend to take care of you too much. you just don't realize it.

    December 21, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. Eric

    Red states make gains? What?

    The person who moves to the "red" state isn't necessarily going to be moving there because it's red. They're moving there as Democrats, as Republicans, as Independents. For all you journalists know, the fact that some "red" states are growing means they're going to grow LESS red over time. Density generally leads to more liberal political leanings, by the way.

    December 21, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. A True Centrist


    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."

    Or you can take a look at the results from the November elections and see the state went pretty much completely red (governor, senate, house). Not sure where you are coming from with this post.

    December 21, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  22. RedStatesRule

    This is great news and Merry Christmas.

    December 21, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  23. Jorge

    Don't forget that red states get back more in federal money than they pay back in taxes. Red states love that government money!!!

    December 21, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. Aly Fig

    Wonder which poluplation is really growing in the "red" states? Probably Hispanics, we're the only ones that like to have babies.

    Watch out, we are a fast growing population...... we are becoming the majority! HISPANICS UNITED AGAINST REPUBLICANS!

    December 21, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  25. Katie

    Darn Utah and its Mormons... mating like rabbits 🙂

    December 21, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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