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Experts say Census data favors Republicans

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PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA - FEBRUARY 01: Punxsutawney Phil Souvenir Shop manager Mary Ann Jacobson with a map of the world showing where people have traveled from to attend Groundhog Day on February 1, 2021 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. While last year's tradition of using the groundhog to determine whether there will be six more weeks of winter brought 44,000 people to the small town of 22,000 in central Pennsylvania, tomorrow's event will be held virtually, with no visitors permitted. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA - FEBRUARY 01: Punxsutawney Phil Souvenir Shop manager Mary Ann Jacobson with a map of the world showing where people have traveled from to attend Groundhog Day on February 1, 2021 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. While last year's tradition of using the groundhog to determine whether there will be six more weeks of winter brought 44,000 people to the small town of 22,000 in central Pennsylvania, tomorrow's event will be held virtually, with no visitors permitted. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA – FEBRUARY 01: A map of the world showing where people have traveled from to attend Groundhog Day on February 1, 2021 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

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New population data from the U.S. Census shows six states gained seats in the House of Representatives while seven states lost seats. On Thursday, the highly anticipated Census data was finally released after a four month delay.

Texas also came out a big winner, gaining two seats in the House of Representatives. Along with Texas, Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon each gaining one seat.

The data has also reignited the national debate on gerrymandering, as seats are set to be re-appropriated throughout the country. California remains the largest state in the union, although due to birth rate declines and a mass exodus from the state, growth has been severely stunted causing it to lose a seat.

In addition to California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia each lost one seat. Census data also showed substantial rates of urbanization with 80 percent of metropolitan areas showing growth.

Experts said despite this, Republicans will likely reap the benefits from the Census due to their control over most governments, making the re-drawing of district maps easier.

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