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Topic - Mark Baird
California voters in two northern rural counties split the difference Tuesday on two ballot measures aimed at carving out a 51st state called Jefferson, but the half-loaf result hasn't discouraged the movement's organizers.
Splitting California into six states would be complicated and time-consuming but not impossible, according to a state analysis.
There's nothing like a guy with a few million bucks to lend instant credibility to a previously penny-ante movement to split up the state of California.
"Just because you lose one vote in one place, gosh, we're not kids. We never expected to win 100 percent of them 100 percent of the time," said Mr. Baird. "But we're never going to stop, never ever, until we get representation for Northern California."
Despite the setback in Del Norte, Mr. Baird said enthusiasm for the 51st state proposal is building.