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Washington watch: rise of the red states

People are moving to red states—which is bad news for Barack Obama and the Democrats

By Renegade   June 2010

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Barack Obama’s re-election is going to be tougher than the polls suggest—and it’s all down to people moving house. The latest US census, which is carried out every ten years, took place in April. The results are due in December, but the census bureau’s predictions look grim for the Democrats.

For the past 100 years or so, there has been a gradual shift of population to the south and west of America, to what now tend to be Republican-held red states. As each state’s representation in the…

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