It’s official. Per the U.S. Census, Ohio will lose two congressional seats.
Not only does that mean less clout in Congress, but also fewer electoral votes and lesser importance in the Presidential race.
Unfortunately for Ohio, people don’t just vote in November. They also use their feet.
The state of the state can be just as well defined by whom it elects as by who stays and who leaves. If people like living here, they stay. If they don’t, they leave. It sounds so simple, but it’s very important.
People may move for weather, but Ohio’s weather hasn’t changed much since its founding in 1803, and yet it’s over the past couple decades we’ve lost population to other states. That means other factors are coming into play.
Ohio isn’t attractive anymore. We need to change the way we do business.
Ohio needs a reboot.
As for redistricting itself, we all know it’s up to the Republicans in Ohio who will lose those seats.
Will it be two Democrats? Will they split it?
All kinds of theories are out there right now.
Nate Silver at the New York Times has some ideas…
Quite a few Ohio districts have lost population outright since 2000. The one that has lost the most is 11th district, which covers most of Cleveland, but it is so blue that a core of Democratic voters will remain to ensure Marcia Fudge’s re-election to Congress. Dennis Kucinich’s neighboring 10th district, however, has also lost ground, and he could be vulnerable. Some of Ohio’s Republican-leaning and swing areas, like the Appalachian 6th district that Republicans took over in November, have lost population as well. But the Republicans in control of the redistricting process will do their best to see that the two seats the state loses both come from the Democratic column.
So what do you think? Who goes? Who stays?