Saturday, December 26, 2009

A Tenth Congressional Seat for Washington Possible

Washington state may get another voice in Congress, if projected Census numbers hold true.

The Washington Secretary of State's Office says Washington is in line to pick up a 10th congressional district. The allotment of the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives is based on Census population data.

According to a report by analysts at Election Data Services, Washington, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina and Utah are in line to gain a seat, while Texas would gain three.

Eight states would lose single seats. They include Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Ohio is projected to lose two seats.

The data shows that Washington's projected new seat almost went to Oregon, but the Evergreen state won out by a margin of less than 25,000 people.

This report is not official and the results could change when the final Census numbers come in next year.

It would be the first new district for Washington in 20 years.

The U.S. Senate has 100 seats, with each state automatically getting two members.

by KING5

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