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Fate of Prop. 29 rests on a million uncounted ballots


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The fate of Proposition 29, the state ballot measure that would add a $1 tax to cigarettes, will be determined by a million uncounted ballots.

As of this afternoon, the measure’s passage is trailing by nearly 47,000 votes, or 1.2 percentage points.

But at least 1,045,154 ballots remain uncounted, according to the secretary of state's office [PDF]. Counties have 28 days to complete their vote counts.

Prop. 29's supporters, which include bicycle racer Lance Armstrong and his Livestrong campaign, aren't ready to concede defeat. In a poll taken in March, 67 percent of likely voters said they supported the measure. But tobacco interests waged a $47 million campaign against the initiative, blanketing the airwaves with ads opposing the measure in the weeks before the election.

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