So what's up with New York, California and Illinois?
If you ask anyone from any number of red states, you will likely find out "a lot" of it. And the latest figures from the Census Bureau suggest that it is not wrong, considering that 3.2 million more people have left these blue states than have come from other states from 2010 to 2019.
Merrill Matthews of the Institute for Policy Innovation, a conservative think tank in Dallas, said the data confirms what he has been saying for years: "Voters across the country think that it is better to be red than dead."
In a recent opinion article he wrote for The Hill, Matthews described how voters are increasingly fed up with paying higher taxes, strict regulations, and increasing social “vigilance”. As he said, these have come to characterize most of the blue states.
He posted his story on Twitter
and got a lot of criticism for how you can read in the answers:
Matthews cited Election Data Services census analysts that the population shift by the end of the year in 17 states in the country indicated a change of seat by 10 Congress members.
Texas is expected to receive three seats, Florida two and Arizona, Colorado, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon one each. Each of these 10 states is said to be dismantling one seat: Alabama, California, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and West Virginia.
The net impact, Matthews said, ultimately favors the GOP as five of the seven states that get seats voted for Trump in the 2016 elections.
But the Republican Party also has potential drawbacks.
"Some of the people who are fleeing from the destructive taxes and regulations of the blue state seem to be affecting their government-friendly philosophy. They do not seem to be aware of the fact that these measures have destroyed the state they are trying to escape," he said.
Texas, for example, has been winning the Golden State defectors for some time and is increasingly turning blue.
"Many California families have chosen to emigrate to Texas to easily find cheaper housing, lower taxes, and streets that don't have homeless people, feces, and drug paraphernalia," Matthews wrote.
This would be the first time California has lost a seat, which is "a tacit rejection of California's excessive taxes and policies."
Finally, Matthews warned that the move could be a precursor to what's to come.
"The blue state exodus is just a snapshot of what discontent will result when this blue state policy takes over the White House," he said.