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Should Washington, D.C., be granted statehood?

Yes

Yes, supports

Michael Bennet

U.S. senator, Colorado

Bennet co-sponsored the Washington, D.C. Admission Act.

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Michael Bennet
Bennet

Joe Biden

Former vice president

"You should be a state," Biden said at a press conference with the D.C. mayor in 2015.

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Joe Biden
Biden

Cory Booker

U.S. senator, New Jersey

Booker co-sponsored the Washington, D.C. Admission Act.

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Cory Booker
Booker

Steve Bullock

Governor, Montana

“Yes. Every American deserves to have a voice in our democracy,” Bullock told The Post. “When American citizens are denied basic representation, our whole country suffers. About 700,000 Americans live in the District of Columbia. They deserve the same kind of representation afforded to the rest of the nation.”

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Steve Bullock
Bullock

Pete Buttigieg

Mayor, South Bend, Ind.

Buttigieg supports statehood for Washington, D.C., he tweeted in February.

Feb. 7: “Democracy is front and center right now, but some very important dimensions (like electoral college reform, DC statehood) get way too little attention. We must not become the first generation to see USA get less democratic versus more.”

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Pete Buttigieg
Buttigieg

Julian Castro

Former mayor, San Antonio

Castro tweeted support for a variety of voting changes in March, including statehood for Washington, D.C.

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Julian Castro
Castro

John Delaney

Former U.S. representative, Maryland

Delaney co-sponsored the Washington, D.C. Admission Act in 2017.

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John Delaney
Delaney

Bill de Blasio

Mayor, New York City

De Blasio co-sponsored a resolution in favor of D.C. statehood in 2016.

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Bill de Blasio
de Blasio

Tulsi Gabbard

U.S. representative, Hawaii

Gabbard co-sponsored the Washington, D.C. Admission Act in 2019.

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Tulsi Gabbard
Gabbard

Kirsten Gillibrand

U.S. senator, New York

Gillibrand co-sponsored the Washington, D.C. Admission Act.

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Kirsten Gillibrand
Gillibrand

Kamala D. Harris

U.S. senator, California

Harris co-sponsored the Washington, D.C. Admission Act.

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Kamala Harris
Harris

John Hickenlooper (Dropped out)

Former governor, Colorado

Hickenlooper is no longer running for president. Hickenlooper supports statehood for Washington, D.C., he told The Post.

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John Hickenlooper
Hickenlooper

Jay Inslee

Governor, Washington state

Inslee supports statehood for Washington, D.C., he told The Post.

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Jay Inslee
Inslee

Amy Klobuchar

U.S. senator, Minnesota

Klobuchar co-sponsored the Washington, D.C. Admission Act.

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Amy Klobuchar
Klobuchar

Wayne Messam

Mayor, Miramar, Fla.

“Taxation without representation is unfair. The people in D.C. deserves a voice and a vote,” Messam told The Post.

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Wayne Messam
Messam

Seth Moulton

U.S. representative, Massachusetts

Moulton co-sponsored the Washington, D.C. Admission Act in 2019.

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Seth Moulton
Moulton

Beto O'Rourke

Former U.S. representative, Texas

O'Rourke supports D.C. statehood, he told The Post. He co-sponsored the Washington, D.C. Admission Act in 2017.

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Beto O'Rourke
O'Rourke

Tim Ryan

U.S. representative, Ohio

Ryan co-sponsored the Washington, D.C. Admission Act in 2019.

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Tim Ryan
Ryan

Bernie Sanders

U.S. senator, Vermont

Sanders co-sponsored the Washington, D.C. Admission Act in 2017 and backed D.C. statehood in a CNN town hall in February 2019.

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Bernie Sanders
Sanders

Joe Sestak

Former U.S. representative, Pennsylvania

Sestak supports statehood for Washington, D.C., he told The Post.

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Joe Sestak
Sestak

Eric Swalwell (Dropped out)

U.S. representative, California

Swalwell is no longer running for president. Swalwell supports statehood for Washington, D.C., he told The Post.

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Eric Swalwell
Swalwell

Elizabeth Warren

U.S. senator, Massachusetts

"We should admit DC as the 51st state," Warren told The Post. She co-sponsored the Washington, D.C. Admission Act.

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Elizabeth Warren
Warren

Marianne Williamson

Author

Williamson supports statehood for Washington, D.C., she told The Post.

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Marianne Williamson
Williamson

Andrew Yang

Tech entrepreneur

Yang backed D.C. statehood in a tweet in December 2018.

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Andrew Yang
Yang

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Background House Democrats’ set of proposed democracy reforms includes making the District of Columbia the 51st state in the union. The District has a larger population than two states and lacks voting members in Congress, and its residents pay more in federal taxes than roughly 20 states, The Post has reported. The measure is expected to be opposed by Republicans, as it is likely to lead to the election of two additional Democratic senators, shifting the partisan balance of the Senate.

How candidate positions were compiled

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