- Peter Osborne
NBC News: 2020 census winners and losers paint a muddled future for the parties
WASHINGTON — Last week the Census Bureau released the 2020 decennial tally of the population of the nation and all 50 states, and both parties took notice. The count that determines each state’s number of seats in the House of Representatives and votes for the Electoral College was probably affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, but still left a fairly familiar list of winners and losers.
In fact, looking at the census tallies over time, the numbers generally showed a continuation of clear patterns where the country's population and political power has shifted in the last 50 years.
Those shifts are, without question, meaningful, but as people wade into the analysis, there is evidence that they also may mean less than people believe in terms of the national political picture.
Let's start with this year's winners and losers.