Supporters of tobacco tax initiative said on Wednesday they were willing to wait a few days if not weeks, to see if the myriad voting turn the tide in their favor.
Proposition 29, which would hike the state cigarette tax by $ 1 per pack, followed by 63,176 votes after election officials counted 3.8 million ballots from Tuesday’s election – 50.8 percent to 49.2 percent margin.
District officials are left to consider the hundreds of thousands of votes cast by the majority of last-minute voters who are constantly using email newsletters. It was not immediately certain number of ballots left, but nine of the most densely populated districts in the state reported almost 800,000 in the combined count.
Neither side was ready to declare race over the environment, although opponents of the initiative was sure that at the last minute voters landed in his corner. They relied on nearly $ 47 million war chest, mainly from the tobacco industry to bring down with the support of 67 percent high in March.
After a night of little sleep, both sides called the county elections office in California to estimate how many ballots were considered mail – and where. Places may be most relevant for the parties consider race over and wait for more ballots to count, as some large districts overwhelmingly swung to one side or the other on Tuesday.
“We are very encouraged with the 63,000-vote lead, but clearly, the ballots are still to be counted,” said the 29 did not spokeswomen Beth Miller. “We are waiting to get a more accurate estimate of how many ballots are still bright and appreciate that there will be consequences.”
Chris Lehmann, head of the Campaign for so sides 29, acknowledged that supporters have an uphill battle if they want to still win the competition. “This campaign was a coalition of cancer survivors and their families, and they do not get used to long odds. They will vigilantly monitor these returns come in and hope for the best.”
Public Policy Institute of California poll showed that 67 percent of voters supported the proposal of March 29, when they read the ballot language. But this figure has been steadily declining through Election Day. The parties combined to spend about $ 60 million in race, with the tobacco industry opposition to the fuel increase of nearly $ 47 million in it.
Lehman said: “The $ 47 million, distortion of truth, as a rule, have an effect on people.”
But opponents said the initiative was flawed, striking a chord with voters, and some editors, who were concerned about how tax revenues are spent. Proposition 29 would raise $ 735 million a year to pay primarily for cancer research and smoking cessation programs. Supporters also emphasized the fact that higher taxes on cigarettes will reduce smoking.
Opponents of the spending plan compared to the previous two voter approved programs for stem cell research and high-speed rail and wondered why this measure will raise money for the state budget.