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Topic - Jeffrey Hare
The secessionist movement in Colorado is reassessing — but not abandoning — its dream of forming a 51st state after voters in six of 11 rural counties rejected the proposal Tuesday.
Eleven rural counties upset over a growing divide with the Democrat-dominated state government are asking voters on the Nov. 5 ballot whether their elected officials should pursue the creation of another state carved from northern Colorado.
Advocates of the effort to form a 51st state comprised of rural northern Colorado counties will have to do so without the support of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.
Colorado's secessionist "51st state" movement gained steam Wednesday as commissioners in an eighth rural county agreed to add the question to their November ballot.
Voters in several rural Colorado counties will be asked whether they want to form a new state tentatively named Northern Colorado in the November election, a reaction to the Democrat-controlled state legislature's "war on rural Colorado."
Jeffrey Hare, a leader of the 51st State Initiative, said Colorado Counties Incorporated has already agreed to support the proposal to divvy up state Senate seats by county.
"We're looking at the glass half full instead of half empty," said Mr. Hare. "We've gone from 0 percent support in July to getting five counties to support this. That's a pretty good success rate in four months."