BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is expected to lose a congressional seat when the new Census figures are released.

The U.S. Census Bureau will release the results of its once-a-decade count at 11 a.m. Tuesday, and all signs are toward a population shift from the North to the South — and a shift in U.S. House seats along with it.

Massachusetts currently has 10 House seats. If, as expected, it loses one on Tuesday, state lawmakers will have to decide how to get rid of one congressman.

Population distribution will guide how congressional districts are redrawn. If the territory has to be split into nine districts instead of 10, it would likely force a runoff between two current members in 2012 — unless one retires beforehand.

So far, no member has indicated he or she would leave voluntarily.

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Comments (5)
  1. Mike A says:

    Hopefully the seat goes to a state where the representatives actually listen to the people they represent…unlike the Mass reps!

  2. jack1 says:

    Let me guess. Oh yea they’ll can Scott Brown

  3. Charlie says:

    This is all bc people r afraid of change, and watch all our kids leave as soon as there out of high school, towns r to sleepy for 25 yr old, and bostons too expensive, I’m leaving bc I want my kids to have the very best and here I can’t do that, a family of 8 going to north Carolina

  4. Pablo says:

    Nonsense! There are far greater opportunities here than in North Carolina.

  5. Big D says:

    Good for you Charlie. I’m looking at Atlanta GA myself.

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