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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.
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."
At least three more counties plan to consider the proposal this week at their commission meetings, said Jeffrey Hare, spokesman for the 51st State Initiative.
"People are looking for hope because they feel like the government is out of control," said Mr. Hare. "They feel kind of hopeless."