After four bad years following the election of a Democrat Congress in 2006 and, in 2008, president Obama and more Democrats, Republicans and conservatives had a great year in 2010 and there is more good news in the offing.
The November 2 election was just part of the 2010 story. With 63 Republican House seats gained, many key governorships falling to the GOP in important electoral states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wisconsin, and more than 680 state legislative seats going from Democrat to Republican, conservatives are on a roll.
Now the results of the 2010 census is the Other Important Story for conservatives that keeps the momentum going. Big time. And by the way, legal and illegal immigrants were counted in the census…
According to the decennial (every ten years) head count as required by the US Constitution, solidly Republican or Republican-leaning states will gain 11 of 12 House seats that are shifting thanks to the 2010 census which showed the nation’s population growing more slowly than in past decades but still shifting to the South and West.
The overall US population growth rate for the last ten years was 9.7%, which is the lowest figure since the 1930s. America’s population grew by 13.2% between 1990 and 2000.
The new numbers are a windfall for the GOP, with Republican states picking up most of the increased clout in the 2012 electoral college vote count for the presidency. Each state’s electoral vote count is equal to its number of congressmen in the US House of Representatives.
Texas will gain 4 House seats and its electoral vote count then will rise by 4 to 36. Thus whoever wins the majority of presidential votes within the state of Texas gets all 36 electoral votes. To win the presidency, 218 electoral votes are needed.
Florida will gain 2 seats and seems to be trending Republican according to the 2010 election. Meanwhile, liberal New York is losing 2 seats while swing-state Ohio also will lose 2. Losing one House seat each are Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Louisiana also is losing a seat because of New Orleans population losses tied to Hurricane Katrina.
States gaining one seat each will be Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Washington. Only Washington is considered to be a fairly solid Democrat state.
The total will continue to stand at 435 House seats but apportioned differently for the 2012 through 2020 elections than for previous elections. Each state must have at least one House member while every state has two US senators.
Michigan was the only state to lose population during the past decade while Nevada was the fastest-growing with a 35% increase, although that has cooled substantially with the real-estate bust.
In 2008 Obama lost in Texas and most of the other states that are gaining House seats while he won most of the states that are losing House seats including large and important electoral states like Ohio and New York.
And with big Republican gains in state legislatures and governorships in the 2010 election, the GOP will have much increased power in redistricting their states, in which congressional district lines are redrawn, usually for the benefit of the drawing majority party.
Florida will now have as many House seats as New York with 27 while California remains steady at 53 seats. For the first time in its history, solidly-Democrat California will not gain a House seat after a census because its population has remained relatively flat.
How can this happen when California, with about 12% of the nation’s population, has seen millions of uneducated, unskilled illegal aliens flooding into the state in the last 10 years?
Answer: For the population to remain relatively flat, guess who has fled California… skilled, moneyed and educated caucasians escaping the corrupt Democrat stranglehold on the state. That population equation seems like it will bode poorly for the future as Democrat rule always does.
The Census said that the nation’s population on April 1 was 308,745,538, up from 281.4 million in 2000.
The declining US growth rate since 2000 is due largely to the economic troubles since September 2008 which brought births and illegal immigration way down.
The average population of a new US House district will be 710,767 (total US population divided by 435, which is the number of House seats.) But each state must have at least one House seat, so Wyoming, with just 563,626 residents, the smallest population of any state, will have a representative with many fewer constituents than any other district. Six other states will have one House member (Alaska, Delaware, South Dakota, North Dakota, Vermont and Montana). Each state has two U.S. senators, regardless of population.
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