REPORT: California Likely to Lose Congressional Seat Based on Census Figures

According to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, California is set to lose a congressional seat for the first time based on U.S. Census figures due to slowing growth and a population shift away from the solid blue state.

If this comes to pass, California would drop from 53 Congressional representatives to 52.

California would also lose one vote in the electoral college.

Per WSJ:

Based on Monday’s figures, Texas is poised to gain two congressional seats, and Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon are expected to gain one.

Eight states are expected to lose one seat: California, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and West Virginia.

The shift of political power away from the Northeast and Midwest toward the Southeast and Southwest is the result of residents flocking to states with warm weather, strong job growth, cheaper housing and, in some cases, lower taxes.

Per Townhall, the actual reapportionment calculation will take place by December 2020, with its details worked out in 2021. Each state will redraw its legislative maps, and those that have more than one congressional seat will redraw districts as well.

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