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Alabama may lose its seventh congressional seat after the 2020 Census, and it will be the Black Belt’s fault.

That’s the conclusion of a paper released Tuesday by The University of Alabama’s Education Policy Center.

“If our state loses a (congressional) seat, it will be the direct result of stagnant or declining population in Alabama’s 24 Black Belt counties,” the paper states. “The challenges of rural life in Alabama, and indeed rural America, are driving away its most valuable resource: its people.”

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