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51st state question answered 'no' in 6 of 11 Colorado counties contemplating secession

By: Monte Whaley, The Denver Post
November 5, 2013 Updated: November 6, 2013 at 9:09 pm
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photo - FORT LUPTON, CO - NOVEMBER 05: Weld County Commissioner Sean Conway, center, with other elected officials address a group of supporters of the 51st State Initiative during an election result watch party at the Historic Fort Lupton Fort, November 05, 2013. Eleven counties are voting to secede from Colorado to form the 51st state. (Photo By RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post)
FORT LUPTON, CO - NOVEMBER 05: Weld County Commissioner Sean Conway, center, with other elected officials address a group of supporters of the 51st State Initiative during an election result watch party at the Historic Fort Lupton Fort, November 05, 2013. Eleven counties are voting to secede from Colorado to form the 51st state. (Photo By RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post) 

Weld County Commissioner Sean Conway said the 51st state movement is halted — at least in his county — but there were positive benefits from the secession campaign.

"Weld County voters said this is an option we shouldn't pursue and we won't pursue it," Conway said Tuesday night. "But we will continue to look at the problems of the urban and rural divide in this state."

Weld County voters Tuesday soundly rejected the 51st State Initiative 58 percent to 42 percent.

But in five of the 11 counties where the secession question appeared on the ballot, the measure passed by strong margins.

In Kit Carson County, 52 percent of voters directed county commissioners to explore secession and 48 percent voted against. In Washington County, 58 percent were for the initiative and 42 percent against.

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