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California county votes to study secession from state, citing surging crime rates, increased cost of living

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Frustrated residents from one of California’s most populous counties recently voted to study succession from the state, citing surging crime rates and the increased cost of living, the Associated Press reported.

By a narrow margin, alienated voters in San Bernardino County voted for local officials to study the possibility of forming a new state. The 20,000 square mile county is home to approximately 2.2 million people.

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