New York and Ohio were the big losers, -2 seats each. A look at the map of America on the CNN Web site shows that, from Iowa to Maine across the midwest and northeast, percentage population gains in the previous decade were very small. except Indiana, Maryland, Delaware, New Hampshire, and the District of Columbia. Nevada had the highest growth rate, in excess of 35.1%. The Mountain West states–Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Colorado–posted growth rates between 15% and 24.9%. The other concentration growth was along the South Atlantic “Golf Coast”–Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia. Here is the list of winners and losers: Nevada +35.1% +1 Arizona +24.6% +1 Utah +23.8% +1 Texas +20.6% +4 Georgia +18.3% +1 Florida +17.6% +2 S. Carolina +15.3% +1 Washington +14.1% +1 Losers: New York -2 Ohio -2 Massachusetts -1 Pennsylvania -1 Michigan -1 Illinois -1 Louisiana -1 New Jersey -1 When I was around ten years old, my mother gave me a board game called “Politics.” The object was to roll dice and move tokens to capture a state capitol, and with it, each state’s electoral votes. I still remember what the big states were worth then: New York 45 California 32 Pennsylvania 32 Illinois 26 Ohio 25 Texas 24 Michigan 20 The beginning of the end for the Northeast’s dominance of American politics came in 1930, when Pennsylvania dropped from 38 to 36 electoral votes.
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