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2010 census expected to show slowing US population growth, gain in House seats for GOP states
If government estimates hold true, the closely watched 2010 census will show America's once-torrid population growth dropping to its lowest level in seven decades. In Congress, the steady migration to the South and West should be a boon for Republicans, with GOP-leaning states led by Texas picking up House seats.
What this shows is that the United States population growth is slowing from 12% to 9% for the decade, the slowest growth since the 1930’s.
The problem here is for Democrats because the Conservative states in the Southeast and the West are experiencing the fastest population growth in the nation leading to more House Districts for those states thus more delegates for the United States 2012 Presidential Election.
However we have another development alongside that. Much of the population growth in the South and West are from people emigrating from the Northeast and Midwest, relatively Liberal/Democrat bastions. This means that while more Districts will be gained in Republican states these states are becoming more politically competitive.