Redistricting to hurt Democratic states

Dec. 27, 2010 at 8:59 AM
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PRINCETON, N.J., Dec. 27 (UPI) -- All 10 U.S. states that will lose House seats lean Democratic while five of the eight gaining seats favor the GOP, a Gallup analysis shows.

Nine of the 10 states that will lose seats based on the 2010 Census are in the Northeast or Midwest. The other is Louisiana.

All 10 of them lean Democratic, based on Gallup's political identification data from January through June. The states that each lost two seats, Ohio and New York, have a net Democratic identification of +7 and +19 points, respectively.

Texas is the big winner, gaining four seats. It has a net Democratic identification of -3, meaning more Texas adults identify as Republicans. But Florida, which gained two seats, has a net Democratic identification of +4.

Results are based on telephone interviews conducted Jan. 2 through June 30, with a random sample of 176,545 adults and a margin of error of 1 percentage point.

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