Liberals in southern Arizona seek to form new state:
"A long-simmering movement by liberal stalwarts in southern Arizona to break away from the rest of the largely conservative state is at a boiling point as secession backers press to bring their longshot ambition to the forefront of Arizona politics. A group of lawyers from the Democratic stronghold of Tucson and surrounding Pima County have launched a petition drive seeking support for a November 2012 ballot question on whether the 48th state should be divided in two."
There is a similar divide here in Virginia. The "Golden Crescent", which takes in mostly Northern Virginia, Richmond and Tidewater, is left of center while the remainder of the Commonwealth is rather conservative, depsite what you'll hear in the press and from those whose roots don't go deep enough in Virginia to know any better.
Hmmm . . . let's see . . . West Virginia, East Virginia, and Middle [normal] Virgina? ;o)