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Yes, there are Texans who don’t want to secede from the U.S., and they’re shaking their heads at their fellow statesmen.

Despite a petition to the White House calling for the Lone Star state’s peaceful secession (as of Wednesday afternoon, it garnered nearly 100,000 signatures — well more than the 25,000 required for a response), many in Texas still view it as nothing more than disgruntled voters expressing their frustration that President Barack Obama won reelection.

“It is a tantrum being thrown because I think people are sick of the intense polarization in the past 10 years. There doesn’t seem to be any middle ground any more. There doesn’t seem to be any way to compromise,” Mac McDowell, a San Antonio tea party member, told POLITICO. “Without anybody answering the ‘Why?’ People start asking, ‘Aren’t you listening?’”

He said he doesn’t support calls for secession — which have emerged in dozens of other states since the Nov. 6 election — because there remain political pathways to bring about change.
Read more: Politico