Georgia is one of eight states that stand to gain at least one congressional seat from the latest Census, according to an unofficial study reported by CNN. Georgia would gain one seat along with Arizona, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Washington. Florida and Texas would gain two and four seats, respectively, CNN reports:
Every ten years, upon the conclusion of the national Census, the number of congressional seats in each state is recalculated based on population changes since the previous census. The process is known as “reapportionment.”
It is the first step in the decennial redistricting process in which states redraw the boundaries of their congressional districts….
Of the eight states predicted to gain electoral votes, five [including Georgia] were carried by Republican John McCain in the 2008 presidential election, while three were carried by President Obama.
Eight states Obama won in 2008 are projected to lose electoral votes, compared to two states carried by McCain.