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New York loses two congressional seats

Dec 21, 2010 1:20 pm
Capitol Confidential's Jimmy Vielkind reports the Census Bureau announced that New York will lose two Congressional seats based on the 2010 count. The New York delegation drops to 27. "It’s not yet settled how redistricting will proceed in New York: for the past several decades, the process has been controlled by a legislative task force consisting of Senate Republicans and Assembly Democrats. In addition to the congressional seats, they also draw districts for their own members," Vielkind writes. Nate Silver at 538.com thinks the Buffalo area and New York City will likely lose seats.

From Silver, now a New York Times blogger:
The loss wouldn’t necessarily be a Republican one, since several of the upstate districts are held by Democrats or are otherwise competitive, but eliminating one seat upstate would be a better outcome for Democrats than what might happen if New York loses two seats: that might mean one of New York City’s districts might have to to be consolidated, even though the city’s population has increased by 5 percent since 2000.