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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Tim Eyman’s I‑1366 ahead in early returns

Looks like we’re going to have to go back to court to fin­ish off Tim Eyman’s I‑1366.

In ear­ly returns, Eyman’s awful hostage-tak­ing mea­sure was ahead in most of the state’s impor­tant swing coun­ties (like Spokane, Sno­homish, Pierce, and Clark) as well as its small­er, more rur­al ones. It is los­ing in King, San Juan, Thurston, and Jef­fer­son, which is some com­fort, but it may not have enough oppo­si­tion to fail. Depend­ing how the late vot­ers break, we could see the mar­gin tighten.

This is a very dis­ap­point­ing result, but we’re not dis­cour­aged. We have always been in this fight for the long haul. We are not going anywhere.

Con­sid­er­ing how mod­est the NO on I‑1366 cam­paign was (less than $150,000 was raised and spent to oppose the mea­sure) the result is not ter­ri­bly surprising.

Eyman is clear­ly get­ting some mileage out of the very favor­able bal­lot title that the Attor­ney Gen­er­al gave him at the begin­ning of the year.

With King Coun­ty final­ly in the statewide pic­ture, the ear­ly returns are as follows:

Yes on I‑1366: 53.66% (458,866)
No on I‑1366: 46.34% (396,304)

I’ll update this post as fur­ther returns come in.

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One Comment

  1. The stu­pid! It buurrrns!

    # by Raven on the Hill :: November 3rd, 2015 at 11:23 PM

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  1. […] About 68,473 bal­lots remain to be processed by coun­ty elec­tions offi­cials, accord­ing to the lat­est esti­mate. The gap between Yes and No is cur­rent­ly 56,992 votes. Per­cent­age-wise, the gap is like­ly to tight­en a lit­tle more as count­ing goes on, though not enough to change the out­come, as we pro­ject­ed last Tues­day night. […]

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