Initiative 522 fails: State beat out King County

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on November 6, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 6 at 9:00 PM

WASHINGTON STATE--The biggest issue on the 2013 general election ballot in Washington State was Initiative 522.

The initiative would have required labeling on foods that are genetically modified. The initiative failed.

King County and a few other counties on the west side of the state decide elections because of their larger populations in a lot of statewide races.

Initiative 522 was one of the costliest initiative fights in state history. It drew millions of dollars from out of state.

Washington State would have been the first state to pass a law. Only four counties passed it. Those counties were King, Whatcom, Jefferson and San Juan. That was not enough to carry the state. These counties did not pass with high enough numbers.

The yes votes ranged from 53% to 62%.

Counties that voted it down did so with much larger margins. 62% of voters said no in Spokane.

73% of Grant County voters turned it down. 78% said no in Lincoln County. 79% said no in Adams County.
   
Labeling supporters have not conceded yet even though it is almost impossible for the votes to swing in their favor.

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