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Boosting Florida's clout

Florida may pick up as many as two more seats in the U.S. House -- further boosting the state's influence in Congress and making it an even bigger prize in the race for the White House.

Though the actual increase in seats won't be known until Tuesday, early projections suggest Florida is a lock for one seat, and in contention for a second. The creation of seats based on new census data is always a messy political and legal fight in Florida and its likely to be further complicated this time around by two voter-approved state constitutional amendments. The addition of two seats would bring the state's total number in the U.S. House of Representatives to 27. It would also boost Florida's Electoral College votes to 29.

"Two seats would be like both LeBron James and Chris Bosh,'' said state Rep. Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale, the top Democrat on one of the legislative committees that will handle redistricting.

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