DALLAS – As voters across Colorado elect candidates and decide whether to raise nearly $1 billion for schools Tuesday, those in 11 Colorado counties will consider whether to leave the state.

The 51st State Initiative, as the Colorado referendum is known, proposes a separate state of North Colorado that would, theoretically, entitle the sparsely populated prairie counties to two U.S. senators and a member of Congress, along with a governor and state legislature.

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