2010 Census Likely To Show Slowing U.S. Population Growth, GOP Gains

WASHINGTON — The closely watched 2010 census will likely show America’s once-torrid population growth dropping to the lowest level since possibly the Great Depression. In Congress, the steady migration to the South and West will be a b…

WASHINGTON — The closely watched 2010 census will likely show America’s once-torrid population growth dropping to the lowest level since possibly the Great Depression. In Congress, the steady migration to the South and West will be a boon to Republicans with GOP-leaning states such as Texas picking up new House seats.

The Census Bureau expects to release on Tuesday the first results from the once-a-decade government count, figures that will be used to reapportion the 435 House seats among the 50 states. The numbers trigger a high-stakes process where the dominant party in each state redraws the election map to shape the political landscape for the next 10 years.

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