Politics NRCC adds 10 Democrats to target list after release of census tally
'We did it!': Minnesota exults at Census win at NY's expense
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesotans spent 18 months worrying over whether the 2020 census would finally cost them a precious seat in Congress, expecting to lose one to faster-growing competitors in the South and West even if they found and counted every last soul in the state. Turns out they could have spared the concern. In Minnesota — a state that’s long seen itself as above average — residents voluntarily returned their census forms at the highest rate in the nation. Their dedication likely saved the day. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski, File) Turns out they could have spared the concern.
The National Republican Congressional Committee is adding 10 House Democrats to its target list for the 2022 midterm elections, as the party seeks to reclaim the majority in the chamber.
All 10 of the incumbent Democrats represent states, such as California and New York, that are set to lose a House seat thanks to the 2020 census, which will shift the balance of congressional seats for the next decade.
House Republicans had already said they were targetingin an initial list released in February. Some of those 47 have since said they won’t seek reelection, including Reps. of Illinois, who said Friday this , and of Texas. Others on the original list are eyeing the exits, including Rep. , a Democrat of Florida, who is expected to announce a gubernatorial run Tuesday.
Why census data needs robust confidentiality protections
It is a measure of national security to keep census responses confidential. There should not be a roster of our nation available to anyone that wants it - friend or foe, foreign or domestic - but there is potential for one and it's why a robust disclosure avoidance system is so important. How did the Census Bureau decide on using differential privacy? In preparing for 2020, it conducted an experiment. Using a subset of the 2010 data products, Census staff tried to see if they could reveal the underlying dataset.What they found was jarring.
Republicans see new opportunities on their congressional map after officials last week announced the reapportionment of House seats. Still, how the shifting seats may affect the battle for the House majority remains uncertain because, or those that , have yet to redraw their district lines.
“Republicans are on offense all across the country,” said Minnesota Rep., who chairs the NRCC, in a statement outlining the additional targets. “Every House Democrat is facing an uphill battle having to defend their toxic socialist agenda that prioritizes trillion-dollar tax hikes on the middle class, opens our borders, closes our schools and defunds the police.”
Democrats, though, say they have a winning message heading into the midterms.
US marks slowest population growth since the Depression
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. population growth has slowed to the lowest rate since the Great Depression, the Census Bureau said, as Americans continued their march to the South and West and one-time engines of growth, New York and California, lost political influence. Altogether, the U.S. population rose to 331,449,281 last year, the Census Bureau said Monday, a 7.4% increase that was the second slowest ever. Experts say that paltry pace reflects the combination of an aging population, slowing immigration and the scars of the Great Recession more than a decade ago, which led many young adults to delay marriage and families.
“House Democrats head into the midterms with a disciplined electoral strategy, strong grassroots fundraising, and legislative wins for the American people that are putting shots in arms, cash in pockets, reopening schools, and getting people back to work,” said DCCC spokesperson, Chris Taylor, in an email. “Meanwhile, House Republicans are being led by QAnon conspiracy theorists, and are dead set on ripping apart our democracy with suppressive voting laws and unfair maps.”
The 10 Democrats new to the NRCC’s target list are:
- CA-07 –
- CA-16 –
- CA-36 –
- IL-03 –
- MI-05 –
- NY-04 –
- NY-20 –
- NY-25 –
- NY-26 –
- PA-06 –
The NRCC’s29 districts that either did not back President Joe Biden or supported the House incumbent by 5 points or less. The list also included eight Democrats who won by less than 10 points and underperformed Biden.
Distortions in census numbers give a boost to Team Trump
The redistricting of delegates to Congress is taking place based on a census conducted during a pandemic. Worse, the 2020 census was overseen by a president who stopped the actual head-counting in October 2020, buoyed by the U.S. Supreme Court's grant of an emergency petition to stay the process. Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote a dissent, sagely noting that "the harms associated with an inaccurate census are avoidable and intolerable." We know now that the Supreme Court's decision endorsed the worst of both worlds.
Newman, a freshman lawmaker whoin a primary last year, currently represents a district that voted for Biden 56 percent to 43 percent for then-President Donald Trump. But depending on how Democrats, who control the state’s redistricting process, draw the new lines, Republicans believe they may have a shot at the seat.
In Michigan, Biden won Kildee’s current district by a closer margin, 51 percent to Trump’s 47 percent.
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After months of waiting and delay, the US Census Bureau finally released its final count of the country's population and, with it, the states that will gain -- and lose -- congressional seats for the next decade. © Kristoffer Tripplaar/Sipa USA/AP A photograph of the United States 2020 Census questionnaire and other Census documents on April 26, 2020 in Silver Spring, Maryland.