States in South, West to Gain Seats in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) - New government population estimates suggest congressional seats could be moving to the south and west and out of the rest of the country.

The Census Bureau numbers through July 2008 suggest the nation's migration west and south has slowed because the housing crisis has made it hard to buy homes, stopping people from moving.

But states in the Northeast and Midwest are still projected to lose political clout in Washington after the 2010 census. That's when the nation apportions the 435 seats in the House of Representatives, based on population.

Specialists in political apportionment say Texas stands to be the biggest winner, picking up as many as four seats, while Ohio could be the big loser, giving up as many as two seats. Experts disagree whether California is in danger of losing a seat for the first time since it became a state.

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