RED BLUFF, Calif. (AP) — Voters in two far Northern California counties are showing only tepid interest in advisory measures that call for creating a 51st state named Jefferson.
Del Norte County voters were rejecting the secessionist measure by 59 percent in early returns Tuesday. Tehama County voters were backing the proposal, but only by 51 percent, an advantage of just 124 votes.READ MORE: San Francisco Bay Area Dodges Weather Threat; Dozens Of Lightning Strikes Remain Offshore
A similar but unrelated question on Tuesday’s ballot in Siskiyou County, to rename it the Republic of Jefferson, was also trailing. Early returns showed only 44 percent of voters in favor.READ MORE: Update: Former California Senator Barbara Boxer Assaulted, Robbed In Oakland's Jack London District
Residents of the state’s rural, conservative northern regions often say they feel ignored by California’s leaders. They have discussed secession for more than a century.MORE NEWS: COVID Vaccine: Sonoma County Free One-Day Admission to Summer Fun Fest After Vaccination
Tuesday’s secession measures ask the counties’ elected boards of supervisors to join a movement to create a new state.