American ‘mass exodus’ may impact midterm voting

(News Nation) — The country is dealing with a familiar movement: a great migration… but this time, it’s the reverse.

According to the Census Bureau, more Americans are moving south, a departure from the historic event in which millions of people left southern states a century ago and moved to northern cities.

“As people move forward, we’re looking at … its impact on the Electoral College, how the Coalition is changing in America, and what a winning map looks like for a Senate majority or for a presidential candidate,” Senior data scientist Keel Williams said Thursday on “News Nation Prime.”

Census data shows that urban populations have declined in San Francisco, New York, Boston and Washington, DC. The census also shows that people are moving not only to Texas and Florida, but also to Southwest states, such as Arizona, which are considered a swing state.

Williams clarified that people who do not determine their political beliefs based on which state they are in, bring their politics with them. For example, 20 years ago, Georgia was extremely Republican, and it has increasingly moved to the left over the past few election cycles.

“Even if we’re seeing more left-leaning people from states like New York and going to Florida … directions,” Williams said. “You can’t look at any of these immigration trends in isolation.”

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