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• The new census brought good news for South Carolina, as the Palmetto State’s population growth over the past decade will result in an additional Congressional seat, bringing the state’s total to 7. As expected, most states which will pick up seats are in the South and the West, and most which will lose states are in the industrial Midwest and the Northeast. The new Congressional map amounts to an obstacle for national Democrats. • While we’re on the subject of reapportionment, it will be interesting to see how the General Assembly redraws lines, not only for the U.S. Congress but also for the state.

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