Other races and issues in Washington's election

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by Associated Press and KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on November 5, 2013 at 7:23 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 5 at 11:21 PM

SEATTLE  -- In early returns released Tuesday night, it appeared voters are saying no to GMO labeling, saying yes to raising the minimum wage to $15, and rejecting Eyman's "initiatives on initiatives."

I-522 GMO labeling trailing

Washington's voters have weighed in on whether to label food that contains genetically modified ingredients in a campaign that has drawn millions of money from out of state.

First election returns showed Washington's voters were rejecting the measure, 54.84 percent to 45.16 percent.

See complete list of Decision 2013 Results

The Grocery Manufacturers Association and five major corporations raised $22 million to defeat Initiative 522. Food-labeling supporters raised $7.8 million.

I-522 supporters say consumers have the right to know what's in the food they buy, while opponents say the measure would lead to higher food costs.

SeaTac minimum wage passing

Early returns also showed SeaTac voters were approving the measure to raise the minimum wage to $15, 54 percent to 46 percent.

The proposal requires a $15 minimum wage for many workers in and around Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. It follows a series of rallies in which fast food workers and others around the country called attention to their struggle to earn a living.

Groups outside of Washington state will be watching the results. National labor unions have contributed to support the effort while national business organizations have contributed in opposition.

Voters reject 'initiatives on initiatives'

Voters overwhelmingly rejected a measure that would have expanded the rights of initiative signature gatherers.

With more than 950,000 ballots counted, about 60 percent of voters were rejecting Initiative 517 Tuesday night. Because of the state's vote-by mail system, counties will be updating their numbers daily throughout the week.

The measure would have required that voters be allowed to have their say on any proposal that qualifies for the ballot, even if a lawsuit has been filed against it. The initiative also would have given supporters a year, instead of the current six months, to collect signatures, and it would have made it a misdemeanor to interfere with the signature-gathering process.

Voters decide on 3 Washington Senate races

In the race for the 26th District, which has become the most expensive legislative contest in state history, Republican Jan Angel was leading with 51% compared to Democrat Nathan Schlicher's 48%. Republicans hope to add another seat to their coalition that controls the Senate to help increase the cushion of their hold of the upper chamber.

Voters also weighed in on two other Senate races. In the 7th District, Republican Brian Dansel was leading with 53% over opponent Republican Sen. John Smith, who has 46%. In the 8th District,  Republican Sen. Sharon Brown of Kennewick, who was appointed in January to replace Sen. Jerome Delvin, was leading with 75% over Republican Phillip R. Lemley's 24%.

To see the results of other state, county and city initatives and races, see our complete list of Decision 2013 Results

 

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