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California's Power Could Shift Inland

As California's coastal counties see less growth in 2010 Census figures, the state's inland areas could become bigger players in politics.

The Sacramento Bee's Dan Walters takes a look at the shift and what it could mean for the state.

"The most obvious adjustment will be a major shift of districts from slow-growing coastal – and mostly Democratic – coastal counties to rapidly growing inland areas, which have tended to vote Republican.

One of the geographic shifts is likely to be a loss for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area, whose population growth rate (5.4 percent) is scarcely half of the state's 10 percent."

Full Story: Dan Walters: Census data will bring a big shift

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