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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Good morning! It's 'Reapportionment Day!'

Every 10 years, U.S. Census Bureau officials release data that tell how many congressional seats the states have gained or lost. And lucky us because they're doing just that today!

Political wonks say Georgia will most likely gain one seat, which you can rest assured Republicans will want to control. State lawmakers will also use this data to redraw the Gold Dome's representative districts. South Georgia is expected to lose several seats, which makes you wonder if that's why so many of those rural Democrats have been jumping ship to the majority party, which has a strong hand in the process. Nah, never.

Tom Baxter of Southern Political Report has a good overall write-up on the subject — and why, regardless of who's in power, it always seems to turn into a bloody mess. And Andy Johns of the Chattanooga Times-Free Press says North Georgia will most likely see its influence grow under the Gold Dome.

UPDATE, 10:36 a.m.: Via Nate Silver at the New York Times' FiveThirtyEight:

Georgia (+1 seat) By far the fastest-growing of Georgia’s current congressional districts is the 7th, which now has more than 920,000 people, mostly in exurban Gwinnett County, which is heavily Republican. The Republicans, who control the new redistricting process, should have the flexibility to add a new safe seat while protecting their existing ones.

Silver says, as expected, exurban growth bodes well for Republicans. He's got a great rundown here.

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