Five of 11 Colorado counties voted by strong margins Tuesday in favor of seceding from the state, the Denver Post reported.
Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Phillips, Washington, and Yuma counties voted for a 51st State Initiative, according to the Post. Voters in Weld County, the most populous of the counties that put a 51st state question on the ballot, resoundingly rejected secession 58 percent to 42 percent.
Secession advocates in those counties, almost all of which are located in the rural northeast of Colorado, cite a litany of policy differences with their state lawmakers in urban Denver. They oppose the state legislatures' restrictions on guns and the oil and gas industries, as well as expanded energy standards for rural co-ops.
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