Geographers and demographers have been analyzing U.S. regional population change for decades. From the perspective of politics and governance, understanding these population changes over time is very important because seats in the House of Representatives are reapportioned every decade in accordance with the U.S. Constitution. Representation in the House, in turn, affects the distribution of votes in the Electoral College and thus the impact of regional population change affects the presidency as well as the Congress. As political geographers we have studied the possible impacts of this population change on elections, issues in Congress and the nation, and if a particular political party has gained or lost in the process. This article is adapted from our recently published co-edited book, Atlas of the 2012 Elections, which examines both short-term and long-term state and regional gains and losses in the House of Representatives and Electoral College to see how the Democrats and Republicans have fared.
Extensions: A Journal of the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center
Carl Albert Center at the University of Oklahoma
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Martis, Kenneth C.; Archer, J. Clark; Watrel, Robert H.; Shelly, Fred M.; and Webster, Gerald, "Reapportionment, Regional Politics and Partisan Gains" (2015). Geography Faculty Publications. 4.
This article was published in Extensions: A Journal of the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center. (Winter 2015): 18-21.
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