PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A census report due out today will likely weaken Pennsylvania’s congressional clout and perhaps make it more difficult for Democrats to be elected.
The bottom line is this: as the population of the US shifts south and west, so do congressional seats. St. Joe’s history professor and political observer Randall Miller says re-apportionment will probably cost Pennsylvania one seat while some predictions are that Texas will gain four. Given the Republican edge in the last Pennsylvania election, there’s another facet.READ MORE: Hyram Hill, Son Of Philadelphia Police Officer, Killed In Targeted Shooting In North Philly, Sources Say
Miller says, “Re-apportionment not only relates to that loss but it means redrawing the congressional districts, gerrymandering, if you will, which is a fine art going back to the 1790’s and the idea there is that the parties that control redraw districts to benefit themselves.”READ MORE: Flyers Tie Franchise Record With 12th Straight Loss
The shift in congressional seats moves the needle on Electoral College muscle in the 2012 presidential vote.MORE NEWS: Gino's Ristorante & Pizzeria Reopens Amid Hepatitis A Investigation That's Linked To 10 Cases, 3 Deaths
Reported by John Ostapkovich, KYW Newsradio