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Washington D.C. picks names if it becomes 51st state–but Americans have a few other ideas in mind…

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A commission for statehood of Washington, D.C. approved a new name for the District of Columbia should the region become the 51st state.

If D.C. gains statehood, it would be known as “New Columbia,” the commission approved Monday,  The Washington Post reported.

The push for statehood, led by D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, has been endorsed by President Obama and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. It has also earned the backing of the U.S. Conference of Mayors this week, and is part of a draft of the national Democratic Party platform which will be debated at the convention in July, the Post reported.

But the proposed name, which can be lobbied to be changed in the fall, was not a hit on social media.

The Washington Post Express asked readers what they would call the new state.

Despite the fact that legislative proposals to make the District of Columbia a state would violate the U.S. Constitution and the intention of our Founding Fathers, it seems the debate over a proposed name is what has social media users most engaged.

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Frieda Powers


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