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A Senate Supermajority by 2040?

This is exactly what #RuralMajority is working toward-- to abolish the very real potential of a Senate supermajority by keeping Democrats competitive in the less populous half of the country.

"Democrats face such long odds in the Senate because Congress’ upper house is rigged. Every state receives two senators regardless of population. Because Democratic voters tend to reside clustered in population centers, Republicans enjoy a baked-in advantage in the race for Senate control. Each resident of the least populous state, Wyoming, effectively enjoys 68 times as much representation as a resident of the most populous state, California.


"And Senate malapportionment is only going to get worse. By 2040, according to a University of Virginia analysis of Census Bureau projections, just under half of the country will live in only eight states. So half of Americans will be represented by 16 senators, while the other half will receive 84 senators. Meanwhile, nearly 70 percent of the country will live in only 16 states.


That means that, if America’s political coalitions continue to sort into Democratic population centers and Republican small towns and rural areas, Republicans will soon enjoy a permanent Senate supermajority that is large enough to remove the president of the United States via impeachment."


https://thinkprogress.org/democrats-need-senators-not-presidential-candidates-475923f5e4ea/?fbclid=IwAR0Zy3QUIOvZg3-e1fTmJRCP-_EHxQ5G9mqlAsiaIm9m-Y32C8-PLFYEqXM

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