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DCist’s Benjamin R. Freed has been keeping track of the New Hampshire measure in support of D.C. statehood. Guess what? The whole endeavor was a huge failure, and the measure didn’t pass the state’s House of Representatives. In fact, it wasn’t even close:
The measure, which was not expected to pass, fell on a vote of 248 against and 79 in support.
The vote was largely along party lines, a spokeswoman for the New Hampshire House; Republicans outnumber Democrats in the chamber by a nearly 3-to-1 ratio.
So, just to recap: At arguably a really bad time, a delegation of largely Democratic D.C. representatives went before the largely Republican N.H. House and asked them to support statehood…and it was all hinged on the fact that New Hampshirites lean libertarian? While it’s not the worst plan we’ve ever heard of, we look forward to telling the tale to our grandkids with a bemused smirk and a shake of our heads. (Hopefully in the newly-minted state of New Columbia.)