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

    Yes, but look at the demographic makeup of those who constitute the population gains in those "red" states. You wonder why states liek TX and AZ are screaming at the top of their lungs about illegals and pretending like minnority voter fraud is a huge issue? Watch as they redistrict themselves to marginalize those burgeoning minority populations. Watch.

    December 21, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. Randy

    I love reading the "liberals" write comments on these boards. They spend the whole time making fun of "rednecks from West Virginia", speak about how highly intelliegent the northeast is, and for somebody who believes in God, well their opinion is completely discredited by that mere fact. Yet, you read through their comments and realize just how misinformed they are, or how they outright lie.....

    for example....you have "David" who has elevated Pres. Obama to the former Dean of Harvard Law School....(unbelievable....he has gone from a student editor of the Harvard Law Review, to a night time instructor at University of Chicago, tio a Professor....and now David has declared him "the dean")

    And then of course you have the briliiant Sceptical1 who is "doing his math" to wonder if Congress will approve "6 new house seats"....good Lord....enough said.

    December 21, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. Lori in St Pete

    Actually Flush and Flush Again, red states are actually "taker" states, meaning they take more federal dollars than they pay. Texas & Alaska top the list of "taker" states, and of all 50 states, Texas has the highest number of children who are food insecure. Blue states are "giver" states, meaning they pay more federal dollars than they receive.

    December 21, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. T'sah from Virginia

    <<PREVIOUS – START likely to be approved
    WHY now BROWN cow????
    WAY to GO Olympia SNOW!!!

    Scott Brown from day one DISTANCED himself from the far-right and the TP and now we see why. He's in a Dem state and he MUST stay in the middle to survive. I said it when he first got elected that I will be watching him and so far – I give him a B.

    As far as snow – she understands the difference between what is RIGHT and what is LEFT and she tends to stay in the middle also.

    The FAR RIGHT is DEAD and the FAR LEFT is DEAD – the funeral for all of them who wants to remain there will be slowly eulogized in the next two years as they drop ONE by ONE!!!

    I will support our current leader, President Obama, as he continues to MOVE AMERICA FORWARD!!!

    THIS STORY: Just because people moved there, it does not mean they are RED-NECKS!!!

    December 21, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. Lila

    Don't see why conservatives are happy.The kids produced in red states aren't growing up to be conservative right wingers. Look at the polls of the young military and their views on gays serving. That generation is very connected to each other online regardless of states, they attend church less than any other generation and in general are more socially liberal.

    December 21, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. jorge washinsen

    There are more Mexicans in my state than that. A recount is needed.

    December 21, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. chris

    the red states... in the south and west... full of illegal immagrants and fellons who can't vote. Democrats win again!! lol

    December 21, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. jorge washinsen

    No it is just plain censorship.It does not take the village idiot to see how CNN thinks.Get out in the real world and look around.

    December 21, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. Sniffit

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

    That's completely incorrect. The "red" states are the ones that receive a far greater amount of federal funding than they pay in federal taxes. That's a verifiable statistic that you CANNOT argue with. Check the reports by The Tax Foundation. "Red" states live high off the hog on "blue" state money, while many "blue" states actually receive less federal funding than they pay in federal taxes. Truth hurts, don't it?

    December 21, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. jorge washinsen

    Let me guess who is doing the censoring today.

    December 21, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  11. Lori in St Pete

    A True Centrist, Florida's been bright red for decades. However, voter registrations favor dems over rethugs & indies. We Floridians voted against gerrymandering in November and with the new contiguous voting districts about to be drawn and you're going to see a very different outcome (read: the will of the voters) in future elections.

    December 21, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. jorge washinsen

    If you can;t stand the heat get out of the kitchen.

    December 21, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. Jahi98

    A True Centrist - there are actually more registered Democrats in Florida than Republicans - has been so for a couple of years now (do an internet search and see all kinds of reports on that). True, Republican incumbents have faired well in state politics, but that stronghold will not last forever. Again, we'll see how this all plays out in 2012.

    December 21, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. nwi

    It is just like the movie Idiocracy...

    December 21, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. Steve (the real one)

    Breed 1: Wow this sucks..... 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.
    True the founders were white BUT this country was built by folks of MANY skin tones! Read a history book!

    December 21, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  16. Andrew Messenger

    You know, this is all George Bush's fault.

    December 21, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. Justin

    As stated above, "Idiocracy" is America's fate.

    December 21, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  18. Dave, Central Illinois

    I wonder if the people migrating west and south have learned something from the failed blue states they come from. Maybe they will apply that gained wisdom and stop voting Democrat. Time will tell.
    Oh, by the way, evolution is the faith in total random occurances forming a design. Those who truly believe in a Godless evolution also must believe that the computer which I am entering this from somehow evolved from a piece of dust on my desk. Check out the design of DNA and tell me that it does not resemble the binary code which computers use.

    December 21, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  19. Jim

    Anybody who couldn't see this coming is either an ideologue, a fool or ignorant person. Can't figure out why PA, MA, NY, IL, MI & OH are losing people...maybe because the states have been dominated politically by people who don't understand basic economics and drives those who produce into other states? lol

    December 21, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. Liberal4Obama

    It's all HISPANICS I doubt they vote republican.

    December 21, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "Look at the list of states: Heavily unionized states lost."

    Indeed. The Bush/GOP recession is "working as intended." "Mission accomplished."

    December 21, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  22. Lionel

    Liberals have more abortions and encourage gay mentality.... and so the population is on the decrease....
    Conservatives have more family values and support pro life.....

    December 21, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    " A shitf in population, or population growth in red states could also turn an otherwise 'red' state into a 'blue' state"

    This is precisely why people like RIck Perry want to make it so "red' states like his can opt out of Medicare/caid and Social Security. They theorize they can get rid of their rapidly growing minority populations by getting rid of social assistance and thereby forcing those minorities to move to already blue states that wouldn't do such a societally damaging thing.

    December 21, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  24. rocky

    want to clean up the south, buy a yankee a bus ticket home!!! why don't you just stay up their in your liberal, bankrupt, crime ridden society!!! you, the north, don't get it, we thrive, you die....

    December 21, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  25. Jim

    Wow, GI Nope is sooooowitty! You want to trade your crackers n cheese snack for an apple at the elementary school cafeteria?

    December 21, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
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