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.