Electoral College

Political Power Set to Continue Shift to Southern States, Data Show

from The Wall Street Journal,

Americans are moving to states with warm weather, strong job growth and cheaper housing.

New state census totals show population continuing to shift from the North and Midwest to the South and Southwest in ways that could help states that have voted Republican in recent years. The Census Bureau released on Monday state population estimates for the year ended July 1. Congressional seats and electoral votes are allocated to states based on a census conducted every 10 years.

Because the 2019 estimates come less than a year before the next decennial census, they closely approximate which states will gain and lose as a result of the 2020 count that gets fully under way in the spring. Changes based on next year’s census will not affect the 2020 presidential election.

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