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Here's a little bit on the Southwest Missouri political landscape:

Branson is in Missouri Congressional District 7. Here's a clipping from Wikipedia:

Missouri's 7th congressional district consists of Southwest Missouri. The district includes Springfield, the home of Missouri State University (formerly known as Southwest Missouri State University), and the popular tourist destination city of Branson. Located along the borders of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Northwest Arkansas, the district takes in a huge chunk of the Bible Belt, making it the most Republican district in the state with a strong socially conservative trend. George W. Bush defeated John Kerry 67% to 32% in Election 2004. The district is currently represented by Roy Blunt (R-Springfield) who will be vacating the seat in 2010 to seek the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Kit Bond.



So what is a "Congressional District?"

A congressional district is an electoral constituency that elects a single member of a congress. Countries with congressional districts include the United States, the Philippines, and Japan. A congressional district is based on population, which, in the United States, is taken using a census every ten years.

There are 435 congressional districts in the United States House of Representatives, with each one representing approximately 600,000 people. The Census Bureau within the United States Department of Commerce conducts a decennial census whose figures are used to determine the number of congressional districts within each state.