STATES: 5 to 1 for the Union

Tiny (pop. 150) Kalskag was the first to report its vote last week in the Alaskan referendum on entering the Union. Kalskag's vote: 40 for statehood, none against. And by week's end, with votes still being counted across the 586,400-sq.-mi. territory, it was clear that most agreed with Kalskag; a record 50,000 voted 5 to 1 to become the 49th state. Next steps: after the general election, and after the final votes are certified. President Eisenhower will sign Alaska into statehood, with two U.S. Senators, one U.S. Representative, three votes in the electoral college.


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