The Census Results: What it Means for Kentucky.
December 21, 2010 Leave a comment
Kentucky is among those states that will not be gaining any seats in the House. Kentucky, however, won’t be losing any seats, either. Currently, Kentucky has six Congressional seats.
However, thanks to population declines in eastern and western Kentucky, the state will have to redistrict.
What does this mean?
Rural Kentucky has historically been more politically conservative. With the population declining in these areas, this could lead to the rural, conservative communities having less power in our Congressional races. Meaning, the possibility of more liberal, left-leaning Democrats getting elected. Now, re-districting alone will not turn Kentucky from a red state to a blue one, but it could mean that the Commonwealth will swing slightly more to the left, while still being considered a red state.
In the big picture, this doesn’t mean very much. Several red states have gained seats, including Texas, Arizona, Georgia, and South Carolina. Of course, those states could be redistricting as well, but at this point, it’s too early to say.
This change will not come quickly. The Secretary of State, Trey Grayson, isn’t yet sure if the legislature will do the redistricting during a special session in 2011, or wait for 2012. My guess? They’ll do it during the special session in 2011. With election season coming again in 2012, everyone will want to know where to campaign, who to solicit for donations, and what issues to focus on.