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UPDATE: Oklahoma Will Keep 5 House Seats (Dec 21, 2010)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma will keep its five seats in the House of Representatives according to new census data released Tuesday.

The results of the once-a-decade count show Oklahoma's population grew 8.7 percent to 3.75 million people. The state's growth rate was among the lowest in the region over the past 10 years. The count will be used to reapportion the 435 House seats among the 50 states to make them roughly equal in population.

Oklahoma lost a congressional seat when census figures were released by the government in 2000. The figures revealed that the state's population had not grown as fast as other states. Loss of the seat complicated the redistricting process and led to a lawsuit.

The state will launch the redistricting process with a new incoming Republican congressman, James Lankford in central Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District.



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