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Friday, August 05, 2005

The suburbs are now the majority in the House of Representatives

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From "A Line in the Suburban Sand," by GREGORY L. GIROUX of CQ Weekly as published in Governing Online

Suburbia is the most important place in American politics. That was true in the two presidential elections held so far in this decade, a pair of extraordinarily close contests that George W. Bush won, in the end, because he did a little better in the suburbs of a few battleground states.

But a Congressional Quarterly assessment of the demographics of all 435 congressional districts shows the pivotal role of the suburban voter extends much more deeply into the nation’s electoral fabric — and that, in fact, two different camps of suburban voters are forming, with their politics moving in opposite directions.

For the first time ever, most House districts have a suburban majority. The congressional reapportionment and districting that occurred in the first half of this decade, combined with the population shifts during the 1990s that were reflected in the census of five years ago, mean that there are now 220 districts (51 percent) in which most people are residents of a suburb.
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The complete report is 28 pages in the June 27th, 2005 issue of Congressional Quarterly. Fortunately, most major libraries receive this publication. CQ is selling the 28 page document as a pdf for $99.

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