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Delaware to keep only single House seat after census

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WILMINGTON – Despite some thoughts that Delaware might gain a second House of Representatives seat following the 2020 Census, federal officials announced Monday that the First State will continue to have only one representative for the next decade.

Delaware is one of seven states that have only a three-member federal delegation, including two senators and one representative. One of those states, Montana, added a second seat after it cleared 1 million residents in the count taken last year.

Some had held out hope that if Delaware could surpass 1 million residents that it may also be able to gain an extra seat in the 435-member house that is divided by states’ population. That division, known as reapportionment, is done following the decennial census.

Delaware fell short of the million-resident mark though, according to census info, counting 989,948 residents as of April 1, 2020.

In other moves, Texas added two House seats, while Florida, North Carolina, Colorado and Oregon all added one seat each.

California, New York, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and West Virginia all lost one seat each, with New York losing its seat over just 89 residents, according to officials.

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