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The chance of California splitting into three has moved a step closer after a billionaire secured enough signatures to trigger a referendum on the issue.
Tim Draper, who made his money through Hotmail and Skype, has gathered 600,000 signatures supporting the change – way above the 364,000 needed.
Those who want to break up California believe it would boost educational standards and reduce the political power of Sacramento, the state’s capital.
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Providing the state authorities agree the signatures are genuine a referendum on the issue will be held this November alongside other mid-term elections.