Census may cost Missouri a seat in U.S. House
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — We’ll learn today whether Missouri loses one of its nine Congressional seats. If it happens, the effect could echo beyond the marble halls of the U-S Congress.
Many analysts expect the census results to show Missouri and several other states in the Midwest and Northeast lost population, while states in the South and West gained residents. That shift would force the reapportionment of the 435 total seats in the House of Representatives. And if one Missouri seat has to be eliminated, it very well could come in St. Louis — forcing two incumbents to run against each other. A decision on redistricting would be made in the Republican-controlled Missouri State Legislature.
With the loss of congressional representation, comes the loss of electoral votes: in the Show-Me State, losing a seat would mean 10 votes, isntead of 11, in the electoral college. So once critical, bellwhether Missouri could drop in importance for presidential candidates to come.
And if that’s the case.. is this as compelling a location for the 2012 Democratic National Convention? The Democratic National Committee hasn’t announced its decision yet, and St. Louis’ closest competitor is Charlotte. North Carolina has fingers crossed to GAIN a seat in the census reshuffling; South Carolina’s chances are even better.
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