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  • It depends on who you ask. There is Puerto Rico and Washington DC. Puerto Rico isn't likely to become a state and DC isn't really a territory. A couple of possibilities though.
  • These are the possible candidates: * District of Columbia * Puerto Rico Other less likely contenders are Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands, both of which are unincorporated organized territories of the United States, although the latter could merge with Puerto Rico due to its close proximity. Also the Northern Mariana Islands, which is a commonwealth like Puerto Rico, and American Samoa, an unorganized, unincorporated territory could attempt to gain statehood. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/51st_state
  • I hope not..the 50 of us are unwieldy enough as it is..one more entity that will be designated a "blue" state or a "red" state..one more entity that has to be wined and dined and convinced to go with one political party/candidate..I think we'd be better off with fewer states..we already have too many! :(
  • I see Guam becoming one. It's already US territory.
  • I hope not. I like 50. It's an even number. 51 just wouldn't work. The flags would have to be changed, seats would have to be added to congressional chambers, just too many things would have to be changed. It's fine the way it is.
  • They wont. not any time soon atleast. Puerto Rico does vote to see if they want to be a state. but consistently vote NO. and why would they want to be a state, they have all of the benefits now and don't have to pay taxes. It is highly unlikely we will see a 51 state before we see less than 50 states.
  • Forget territories becoming new states. How about California splitting into North Cali and South Cali. That would be a great idea!
  • A new state of mind would be a better idea.
  • 1. Of the 4 territories and DC, only Puerto Rico is populous and influential enough to warrant giving it 2 votes in the Senate, and neither Puerto Ricans nor Americans have any desire see that happen. 2. The rapid onset of the North American Union render the question moot. 3. The real question is how many of the existing States will secede rather than be apart of the North American Union.
  • Right now, the US tax laws are probably preventing the remaining territories (Puerto Rico,US Virgin Islands, Guam, Northern Marianas, and American Samoa) from becoming States. If the US income tax was imposed on the territories, probably most would opt for statehood. Right now, the economic advantages outweigh the lack of voting representation in Congress. +5

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