MIAMI (AP) --
Florida could gain two congressional seats as a result of the latest U.S. Census, giving the state greater influence in presidential elections.
Florida is currently fourth most-populous state with 25
congressional districts, following California, Texas and New York.
That could jump to 27.
Under the Electoral College system, states get a vote for every
congressional district plus their two Senate seats. That means
Florida could jump from 27 votes to 29.
Because California and New York are considered safe Democratic
states and Texas a safe Republican state, Florida will become even
more crucial as the largest swing state.
The Census report on state populations is expected to be
released Tuesday, Dec. 21.