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Costly Washington Initiative Campaigns End Tuesday

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The most expensive initiative campaign in Washington state history is coming to a close.

Tuesday is the deadline for voters to have their ballots postmarked or returned to a drop-off site. This year's election is headlined by three statewide initiative campaigns, including Costco's effort to privatize the state's liquor system. Tim Eyman has an anti-tolling initiative on the ballot while another measure would expand the use of training and background checks for
long-term care workers. Many local races are also up for a vote.

Costco has committed a record $22 million to the passage of the liquor measure, and the company has drawn an opposition that has spent about $12 million.

Secretary of State Sam Reed is predicting that about 47 percent of voters will return ballots, with the results from about half of those to be reported on Tuesday night.

      
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