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Measure 92 on GMO Labeling Defeated by 800 Votes in Final Count

Submitted by Food Democracy Now on November 24, 2014 - 9:17pm

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

GMO labeling in Oregon has been defeated by just 800 votes.

FOX 12 political analyst Tim Hibbitts said when the final votes were counted Monday, Measure 92 went down by 809 votes. The margin is close enough for a recount.

The final results-
Yes votes: 752,664/49.97 percent.
No votes: 753,473/50.03 percent.

Monday was the deadline for counties to submit final vote totals. 

The measure that would have required food products carry a label saying, "Produced with genetic engineering," was too close to call on election night. By the following morning, Hibbitts projected the measure would fail.

Further analaysis however, showed a trend that had a higher percentage of "yes" votes than previous returns. There were also 13,000 voters who had signature problems with their ballots that were not initially counted.

Elections officials sent letters to those people, who had a week to resolve the issue and have their votes counted.

Last week, Hibbitts said the final tally would fall within the range of a recount.

On Monday, he said the recount would start the first week of December.

Even after a recount, Hibbitts called the chances of the result being overturned "extremely unlikely."

Measure 92 was the most expensive race in the history of Oregon, with the two sides raising more than $25 million collectively in the run-up to Election Day.


Originally Published: KPTV

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