Less than a week after President Obama’s reelection, an online petition calling for Texas to secede from the Union has gained enough signatures to prompt a response from the White House.
The petition is posted on “We the People,” the White House’s website for petitions. The White House has pledged to provide a formal response to all petitions that receive more than 25,000 signatures within 30 days.
The Texas secession petition was posted on Nov. 9 and already has more than 27,000 signatures.
People have posted similar petitions for dozens of other states to secede, but the Texas petition was the first to cross the threshold. Republican Mitt Romney won Texas with 57 percent of the vote.