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Opinion: Arizona was widely expected to gain a U.S. House seat, but somehow population growth stagnated or too many people didn’t fill out the Census form.
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By Elvia Díaz | Arizona Republic
Arizona was widely expected to earn a 10th congressional seat, thanks to continued, rapid population growth. But it missed out.
Does anyone really believe Arizona doesn’t have enough people to add a 10th congressional seat?
That’s just crazy.
But officially that just happened, meaning Arizona will stay with nine House seats for the next decade.
The initial results of 2020 U.S. Census stunningly showed Arizona will not gain a House seat. Instead, the power is shifting to Texas, which will gain two House seats while Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon will each gain one seat.
My guess? There was a huge undercount.