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Gazette Premium Content Republican Ken Buck will vote against 51st state secession plan

By Kurtis Lee, The Denver Post Updated: October 30, 2013 at 9:43 pm
By Kurtis Lee, The Denver Post Updated: October 30, 2013 at 9:43 pm • Published: October 30, 2013

Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck said Wednesday he will vote in opposition to a rural effort to secede from Colorado and form a 51st state.

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Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck said Wednesday he will vote in opposition to a rural effort to secede from Colorado and form a 51st state.

“I think the better strategy is to work to defeat the out-of-touch politicians causing this feel of separation,” said Buck, a GOP candidate in 2014 for U.S. Senate. Five Republicans have announced their candidacies and are vying to challenge incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. .

On Tuesday, voters in 11 counties — including Weld County — will be asked if they want their county commissioners to pursue seceding from the state and forming their own 51st state. The effort, they argue, stems from urban Front Range lawmakers not listening to the needs of rural Coloradans.

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