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Census Crimps California’s Political Clout, Shocks Golden State

California, facing $28 billion in deficits, may see its congressional clout wane as slowing population growth deprives it of a new seat in the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in its 160-year history.

The U.S. Census Bureau reported this week that California’s population climbed 10 percent in the last decade to 37.3 million people, its slowest rate ever. The Golden State’s growth cooled because of souring housing prices, technology-industry job losses and lower levels of migration. That may translate into less influence in the nation’s capitol.