BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts will be losing one of its 10 seats in U.S. House, setting the stages for a potentially contentious redistricting debate.
The announcement came Tuesday as the Census Bureau released state population totals that dictate how the nation reapportions all 435 House districts to the states.
A decade ago, Massachusetts narrowly hung onto all 10 of its House seats after losing a seat in 1990.
It's now up to state lawmakers to draw new district lines. The new congressional map must be completed in time for the 2012 elections.
None of Massachusetts' 10 House members have indicated that their upcoming term would be their last, although two - Michael Capuano and Stephen Lynch - have been mentioned as possible candidates against Republican Sen. Scott Brown in 2012.
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