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Electoral College shifts, 1960-2020

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The Census announced the Congressional reapportionments from the 2020 census today. Texas picked up two seats, while Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina, and Oregon picked up one.

California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia each lost one.

Here are a few quick observations regarding how the Electoral College has shifted during the time the USA has had 50 states:

California, Florida, and Texas have collectively picked up 58 electoral votes (This census represents the first time California has lost a congressional seat since it became a state).

New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania have together lost 38 electoral votes.

West Virginia has suffered the biggest proportional decline, losing half its electoral votes.

Florida and Arizona have enjoyed the largest proportional gains, tripling and nearly tripling their representation in the EC respectively.

Somebody should write a cultural, economic, and political history of central air conditioning (This has probably been done but I haven’t checked.)

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