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Secession favored in rural Colorado

In 5 counties, voters OK idea for 51st state

DENVER — The nation’s newest state, if rural Colorado residents had their way, would be about the size of Vermont but with the population of a small town spread across miles of farmland. There wouldn’t be civil unions for gay couples, new renewable energy standards, or limits on ammunition magazines.

Those were some of the reasons five counties on the state’s Eastern Plains voted on Election Day last Tuesday to approve the creation of a 51st state.

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