Dakota, Virginia and Carolina could soon be joined by California.
Amid worries of a recession, Statham gained the support of then-Speaker Willie Brown to put a non-binding question on ballots across the state: Should California divide into three states? With its 55 electors in the Electoral College, California has always been a stronghold for the Democratic Party.
It got more than the required number of signatures in Tuesday's primary. He bankrolled efforts in 2012 and 2014 to divide the region into six different Californias, spending around $5 million in his most recent endeavor.
"California government can do a better job addressing the real issues facing the state, but this measure is a massive distraction that will cause political chaos and greater inequality", Maviglio told the Chronicle.
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He later apologised to victims, following criticism from Cardinal Sean O'Malley, a Vatican pointman on clerical sex abuse. He thanked the pope for his concern for the common good and said he prayed "that one day all the truth will shine".