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Mixed Results In Colorado Secession Fight

Posted on the 07 November 2013 by Jobsanger
Mixed Results In Colorado Secession Fight One of the more interesting electoral fights from last Tuesday took place in Colorado. Eleven counties had a proposal on their ballot asking citizens whether their county governments should pursue an effort to secede from Colorado and form a new state. The would call the new state North Colorado. The right-wingers who organized this effort said they did it because the state government ignores them, and they want more voice in government. Personally, I think they were just unhappy that Colorado has been trending Democratic -- and had visions of sending two more ultra-right-wing senators to Washington.
Did they win? Partially. Five of those counties voted for secession, and six voted not to secede. Here are the county-by-county results (from The Denver Post):
PHILLIPS COUNTY
Yes...............1,114 (62.2%) *
No...............676 (37.7%)
YUMA COUNTY
Yes...............57 (81.4%) *
No...............13 (18.5%)
ELBERT COUNTY
Yes...............3,810 (42.5%)
No...............5,137 (57.4%) *
WELD COUNTY
Yes...............25,291 (43.0%)
No...............33,460 (56.9%) *
SEDGWICK COUNTY
Yes...............437 (42.9%)
No...............580 (57.0%) *
KIT CARSON COUNTY
Yes...............1,452 (54.2%) *
No...............1,226 (45.7%)
CHEYENNE COUNTY
Yes...............570 (62.2%) *
No...............346 (37.7%)
LINCOLN COUNTY
Yes...............806 (44.5%)
No...............1,005 (55.4%) *
WASHINGTON COUNTY
Yes...............1,115 (58.1%) *
No...............802 (41.8%)
LOGAN COUNTY
Yes...............1,903 (41.5%)
No...............2,676 (58.4%) *
MOFFAT COUNTY
Yes...............1,768 (45.2%)
No...............2,139 (54.7%) *
While this was an interesting political event, it really amounted to nothing more than a teabagger temper tantrum. The counties could not secede and form a new state without approval from the state legislature (or a statewide vote) and the approval of the U.S. Congress -- and those stand a worse chance of succeeding than a snowball has of surviving a summer in the Mojave Desert.

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