Arizona Set to Add Congressional Seat, According to Preliminary Census Numbers
If preliminary numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau hold true, Arizona is set to pick up a congressional seat when the census is complete.
And the, um, "vast right-wing conspiracy" wages on.
According to the newest data, Arizona is one of six traditionally "red states" slated to get a boost in their electoral count, while many traditional "blue states" are expected to lose seats.
Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina are expected to gain a seat, and Texas is anticipated to pick up three, which could potentially stifle Obama-rama in 2012, as each gun-toting state will also gain electoral votes.
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Of the "blue states," Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania are each expected to lose two seats when the number-crunching comes to a halt.
Democrats have often relied on population increases in their strongholds like California and New York to pick up seats, but as California falls farther into the throws of a budget crisis and New York continues to be, well, New York, people are starting leave for tax-friendly places like Arizona.
With a possible new GOP seat, let's just hope that as a state we get a little more Jeff Flake and a little less John Shadegg.
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