Saturday, November 9, 2013
Thurston County joins the Yes on I-522 camp as margin of defeat narrows again – NPI Advocate:
Those of us who enthusiastically supported Initiative 522 (to label genetically modified foods) have some good news to cheer tonight: Thurston County has switched sides and joined the Yes camp as of the latest tally, bringing the total number of counties in favor of I-522 to five.
Meanwhile, the Yes vote statewide climbed to 47.05%, pushing the No vote below 53%, to 52.95%. We are still projecting that I-522 will be defeated, but it appears that the margin of victory for I-522′s opponents could be somewhat slim, which reinforces our view that I-522 could have passed last year, had it been on the ballot like I-502 (marijuana legalization) and Referendum 74 (marriage equality).
Other counties in western Washington may also flip before the counting ends. Snohomish and Island are both edging closer to being in the Yes camp; the no vote in each is now below 50.40%. The high no vote in Pierce, Spokane and other key swing counties is also coming down, suggesting that the Yes on I-522 campaign’s response to the No side’s misinformation had a positive and pronounced effect.
Had I-522 started out in a better position on Election Night, I’d probably be discussing the possibility of a come from behind win in this post.
Posted by JOlmsted at 3:17 AM