NKT - 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. 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.