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Virginia likely to gain 12th US House seat after 2020 census, demographers say


RICHMOND, Virginia — Demographers say Virginia will likely pick up another U.S. House seat after the 2020 caucus.

An analysis by Carolina Demography, part of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, projects that Virginia, North Carolina and Florida will each gain one congressional seat.

Larry Sabato, head of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, tells the Richmond Times Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1OovKct ) that Virginia would then have its largest congressional delegation since the 1850s.

It would also mean that the number of electoral votes in Virginia would increase to 14. That's the most that the state has had since 1860 when it had 15.

The 12th seat would likely be in northern Virginia, which has seen significant population growth compared to the rest of the state.

Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com

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