MIAMI (AP) - Florida will gain two congressional seats based on the latest U.S. Census data, which gives it even more influence in presidential elections.
Florida is currently the fourth most-populous state with 25 congressional districts, following California, Texas and New York. That now jumps to 27.
Under the Electoral College system, states get a vote for every congressional district, plus their two Senate seats. Florida will go from 27 votes to 29. That puts it even with New York, which lost two seats.
Because California and New York are considered safe Democratic states and Texas a safe Republican state, Florida will become even more crucial as the largest swing state.
-- Online: Census: http://www.census.gov