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Democrats Want to Add More States So They Can Retake Control of the Senate

Sensing that they might not regain the majority any time soon, Democrats are looking for outside-the-box strategies to regain their footing.

By NTK Staff | 06.05.2019 @10:32am
Democrats Want to Add More States So They Can Retake Control of the Senate

Some Democrats are reportedly looking into the possibility of adding states to the union – something that hasn’t been done in 60 years – in order to gain additional seats in the U.S. Senate.

Democrats and liberals are “accelerating efforts” to help Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico gain statehood, according to FiveThirtyEight.

Democrats have reason to worry about the Senate — their party is reliant on a coalition of voters predominantly situated in and around major population centers, making it harder to compete in rural states, which get the same number of senators regardless of population. Indeed, the more densely populated a state is, the more it tends to lean Democratic.

Currently, 31 states lean more Republican than the country as a whole, according to FiveThirtyEight’s analysis. That’s partly why Republicans currently hold a 53-seat majority in the Senate, according to the analysis site.

Both D.C. and Puerto Rico are seen as reliably Democratic. Making those two entities states would add four additional “blue” seats to the Senate, boosting Democrats’ chances of retaking the majority.

But given that Republicans control the Senate majority and the White House, Democrats’ plan is likely years away. Essentially no one is predicting Democrats will retake the majority in the Senate in 2020, and the White House race is at best a toss-up.

Democrats would need control of both entities, as well as retain the House, in order to grant statehood. Even if Democrats get a majority in the Senate, it’s unlikely they would be able to reach the 60-vote threshold necessary to pass the legislation.

Not unlike Democrats’ efforts to pack the Supreme Court with liberal justices, this appears to be yet another far-fetched idea hatched by those in the minority party. Don’t expect this scheme to become reality any time soon.

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