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The Blog for Friday, December 23, 2005

Florida "the most important state"?

    Census figures suggest that Florida could each gain as many as three House seats.
    "We'll be the envy of the country," said Susan MacManus, a University of South Florida political-science professor. "In presidential politics, bigger is better, and Florida is getting bigger while Ohio gets smaller."

    MacManus and Brad Coker, director of the Mason Dixon Florida Poll, said Republican legislators probably will be able to grab two out of three new districts for their party. Depending on where Florida's growth is occurring, they said, a third new seat might be heavily African-American and Democratic.

    "I wouldn't be surprised if two out of three new seats are Republican and that at least one of the Republican ones is in a Hispanic district," said Coker, who has been polling in Florida campaigns for several years.

    Besides their redistricting advantage in the Legislature, MacManus said, Republicans stand to benefit from population growth in suburban counties north of the I-4 corridor. She said Pasco, Hernando and Levy counties have all had "intra-state growth" as newcomers first move to big cities, then retire to the suburbs or find jobs in less-dense areas.

    With Democrats already having a virtual lock on California and Republicans normally favored in Texas, Coker said, "Florida will become the most important state" in presidential politics if it has 30 electoral votes - especially if the Sunbelt's gains take votes away from Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio.
    "South, West gain political pull".

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