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Dec 21, 2010 10:38 AM by Nichole Larkey

Louisiana expected to lose a congressional seat

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - New census data is expected to show Louisiana will lose one of its congressional seats.
The U.S. Census Bureau is scheduled Tuesday to supply the first results from the once-a-decade government count, and those figures
will be used to reapportion the 435 House seats among the 50 states.
Since Louisiana's population hasn't grown as quickly as other states, the state is expected to have to shrink its congressional delegation from seven to six House seats.
The news won't be a surprise to state leaders, who have heard the prediction for years.
Behind-the-scenes debates already have begun about how to redesign the congressional maps, particularly looking at which two incumbent congressmen's districts should merge.

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