According to the 2010 Census, the population grew to 308.7 million in America, indicating that the growth rate slowed in the past decade. On Tuesday, the United States Census Bureau released its report on the 2010 U.S. Census. The results are changes in the political map as the census determines the number of Congressional districts, or House seats, each state will have for the 2012 Congressional elections. The overall impact shows a shift of population from ‘Blue States’ which favored Democrats to ‘Red States’ which help Republicans. Whether these changes would have helped John McCain when he ran against Barack Obama in 2008 is questionable, but the change from the Rust Belt to Sun Belt will certainly make life more difficult for Democrat politicians.

WASHINGTON - JUNE 02: U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert Groves holds an operational press briefing about the 2010 Census at the National Press Club June 2, 2010 in Washington, DC. Forms were mailed out at the beginning of April and census takers are visiting households that did not return a form by mail until the end of July. The population infomation is then delivered to the president by the end of the year. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Every ten years, the U.S. Census determines the distribution of the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. State legislatures and governors will have a role in redrawing the new political map, which is good news for the GOP. The 2010 mid-term elections gave the Republicans big wins in most state legislatures. Over 600 such seats switched from being held by Democrats to Republicans.

Texas is the biggest winner and is expected to gain three, perhaps four, additional seats in Congress. Florida and Arizona will each pick up at least one, if not two seats. Georgia, South Carolina, Nevada and Utah will all get one new seat. North Carolina, Oregon and Washington might also pick up one new seat each.

Ohio and New York are the biggest losers, as each will lose at least one, possibly two seats in Congress. Louisiana, Iowa, Missouri, Michigan, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Massachusetts will each lose one for certain. Louisiana is the only ‘Sunbelt State’ to lose significant population as many victims from Hurricane Katrina have never returned after evacuation.

The bad news for Democrats is that not only are they loosing Congressional districts in states they typically win easily in, but that the districts will be redrawn by more Republican state legislatures. The time-honored practice of gerrymandering, designing districts specifically to benefit one political party over another, have led to some very odd political maps in the past. In some extreme cases, individual streets, even houses, are left out or added to ensure an election victory. The consensus is that the new Congressional districts for the 2012 election campaign will be significantly different and will favor Republicans.

According to the 2010 Census, the population grew to 308.7 million in America, indicating that the growth rate slowed in the past decade. The release today of the 2010 Census report is just the first step in the process. The U.S. Census Bureau will be providing more detailed analysis soon. Just in time for state legislatures to begin redrawing Congressional districts for House seats. But an early look does tend to favor Republicans over Democrats as the population shifts from the Rust Belt to the Sun Belt. Had this been the case when John McCain ran against Barack Obama in 2008, we may have a different president in the White House, today.

OBAMA, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 05:  Yasunori Maeno, member of the local support group 'Obama for Obama', places a blue rosette on a U.S. state on the map, where the Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) won, during the public viewing of the U.S. presidential election between the Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) and the Republican presidential candidate U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) at Miketsukuni Wakasa Obama Shokubunkakan (Mermaid Plaza) on November 5, 2008 in Obama, Fukui, Japan. Local residents in cooperation with the support group in Obama City have been supporting Obama voluntarily, who coincidentally shares the same name, since his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination over U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY).  (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)

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