White House downplays political impact from census

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Associated Press

Posted on December 21, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 21 at 10:07 AM

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.

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