Let the redistricting revelry begin

Remember when I said November’s big swing to the right not only matters now, but for the decade to come? The census numbers are out today. There is celebrating in the streets for right-sided politicos.

In general the Republican states have increased population and will increase seats in the House. One tweet I saw said 7 of 8 states gaining a House seat have Republican gubernatorial and legislative control. Here’s a quick list from David Catanese at Politico:

GAINS
ARIZONA +1
FLORIDA +2
GEORGIA +1
NEVADA +1
SOUTH CAROLINA +1
TEXAS +4
UTAH +1
WASHINGTON +1

LOSSES
ILLINOIS -1
IOWA -1
LOUISIANA -1
MASSACHUSETTS -1
MICHIGAN -1
MISSOURI -1
NEW JERSEY -1
NEW YORK -2
OHIO -2
PENNSYLVANIA -1

It’s news. It will be softened a bit by the upcoming holiday celebrations, but it’s news.

Comments

  1. In other news… Tom Coburn: “Senator Feingold is my idea of a great Senator.” Says he always kept his word.

  2. Too bad for Feingold they weren’t the decisions which properly reflected the state voters’ thinking.

  3. Jim Gereghty at National Review had a good blog post on this.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/255758/reapportionment-bites-obama-and-democrats-hard

    Vis a vis the presidential race, here is his summary:

    “Assume, for the sake of argument, that the 2012 Republican nominee wins a quartet of traditionally GOP-leaning states that Obama won in 2008: Virginia (13 electoral votes), Indiana (11 electoral votes), North Carolina (15 electoral votes) and Florida (now 29 electoral votes). Add in the one electoral vote in Nebraska that Obama won by 1.1 percent. Add in the six net votes (from the redistricting) from the 2008 McCain states, and that puts the Republican at 248 electoral votes, needing another 22.

    Those 22 votes could be won in a variety of ways, but the most likely scenario would appear to be Ohio (18 electoral votes) and any other state (Iowa, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania).”