The Capitol Record

Early returns show GMO food labeling initiative failing, tight state Senate race

Both statewide ballot initiatives were losing in initial returns Tuesday night, while Jan Angel and Nathan Schlicher appear locked in a tight race for a state Senate seat.

About 55 percent of voters were rejecting Initiative 522, which would require labels on food made with genetically modified ingredients. The ballot measure had 45 percent of voters in support and was winning in only four counties: King, Whatcom, Jefferson and San Juan.

Initiative 517, also called the “initiative on initiatives,” was losing by a larger margin, with about 60 percent of voters rejecting the measure. It would give petition-gatherers a year to collect signatures and make it a crime to harass signature-gatherers. So far, the initiative has only 40 percent in support.

Republican Jan Angel was leading in early returns to be the next state Senator in the 26th Legislative District by about 770 votes. Angel garnered about 51 percent of the vote, while Democrat Nathan Schlicher had about 49 percent.

Tune in to “The Impact” on Wednesday at 7 & 10 p.m. for the latest election numbers, as well as reaction from the I-522, I-517 and 26th District campaigns. The show will also highlight students who participated in the state’s mock election process.

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