Rich Galen

Arizona (now 9), Georgia (now 14), Nevada (now 4), South Carolina (7) , Utah (4) and Washington (10).

The biggest losers, each losing two seats, will be New York (now 27) and Ohio (now 16).

To show you how the population has shifted, since 1950 New York has lost 18 seats (45 to 27) and Ohio has lost eight seats since 1970, and Pennsylvania has lost fully half its seats (36 to 18) since 1930.

As the result of the election in November which added Governors and State Legislatures to the GOP column, Cillizza writes:

Republicans control the redistricting process in eight of 18 states that are gaining or losing seats, while Democrats control it in just two.

The rest, I assume, have splits between the State House and State Senate and/or the party affiliation of the legislature and the Governor.

That means the GOP has the ability to alter the districts within those states they control to throw the maximum number of Democrats into the minimum number of Congressional Districts and spread the GOP areas out among the rest of the Districts.

Put another way:

Five of the eight states that are gaining seats were won by McCain in the 2008 presidential race. Eight of the 10 that are losing seats went to Obama.

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Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at