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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Ohio to Lose Two House Seats According to Projection (Update)

Posted By on Tue, Dec 21, 2010 at 11:48 AM

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Update: Yep, it's official. Ohio will lose two congressional seats according to the Census Bureau.

What does this mean?

Ohio Republicans will be in charge of redistricting, and while nothing is close to being official, the PD notes that the Cleveland area will probably be one of the areas to lose a rep because the city dwindled in population.

The article speculates that Republicans could target either Dennis Kucinich or Betty Sutton's seat. Marcia Fudge's district is considered safe.

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While population across the country has climbed to between 306 and 313 million people since 2000, Ohio's population took a dip in the last decade. One big enough to cost the Buckeye State two seats in the House of Representatives.

According to the AP:

The estimates are separate from the official 2010 census count, which is a few weeks away. The estimates are based on a review of birth and death records as well as calculations of new immigrants as of April 1, 2010. Demographers say the range of numbers offer a rough guide to the official 2010 count that will be used to distribute U.S. House seats.

New York and Ohio are projected to lose two seats apiece, while eight states would lose single seats.

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