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Western Maryland faces stiff competition to become the 51st State

By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun

A growing movement is advocating that the Western Maryland counties of Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Frederick and Carroll breakaway from the liberal Baltimore-Washington region to form a new state. But the new would-be state -- they haven't decided on a catchy name yet -- isn't only posse of counties looking to go rogue.

By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun