WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's spokesman says he doesn't expect the results of the new census to have a "huge practical impact" on national politics.
The spokesman, Robert Gibbs, said he has not seen the new data, which was being released Tuesday. Despite migration to Republican-leaning states in the South and West, Gibbs said he didn't see any reason why both parties would not remain competitive in those regions.
The once-a-decade government count will be used to reapportion the 435 House seats among the 50 states. Texas, a strong GOP state, is expected to pick up House seats.