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The call for D.C. statehood will greet thousands of Democrat delegates en route to the convention events in Charlotte, N.C., this week.
The District of Columbia's Democratic mayor plans to take his campaign for statehood to the Republican Party's national convention in Tampa.
"Statehood for the District would require shrinking the federal district down to the White House, the Capitol and the federal buildings, and ceding the (remaining) land to a new state," Md. Sen. Jamie Raskin said. "That would be the same process as retroceding the District to Maryland."