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Census Shifts Power to Coasts, to South

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States with coasts on the ocean and other major bodies of water gained a net of four Congressional seats in the 2010 reapportionment, according to data released by the Census Bureau.

Winners and Losers

On the Gulf Coast Texas and Florida, gained four and two seats respectively, garnered the lion's share of new seats.

Georgia, South Carolina, Atlantic Coast states, each picked up one seat, as did Washington, a state with major ports on the Pacific Northwest.

Arizona, a southwestern state, saw its Congressional delegation boosted by one seat, for a total of 9. Arizona has a growing population because of its warm climate, but water supply issues are becoming an increasing challenge.

But some coastal states lost seats. New York lost two, and New Jersey, Massachusetts and Louisiana lost one each.

Pennsylvania, which has a significant maritime presence with its port in Philadelphia and which borders Lake Erie, lost a seat. Other states long the Great Lakes lost seats: Illinois (1), Michigan (1) and Ohio (2).

Congressional District Maps

States have redivided Congressional districts based on this reapportionment, providing a more detailed look at how political power will be aligned with ecozones.

However, Florida's new Congressional districts are the subject of dispute and litigation. On Aug. 22, 2014, almost three years after the Census announced the new apportionment, a Florida state judge ruled that new district maps, which were heavily contested, could be used in the 2014 elections. The new maps favor Republicans, and Democratic Party groups have said they will appeal this decision.

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