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Seattle voters rejecting both viaduct replacement options

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SEATTLE (AP) _ Seattle voters have said no to both a tunnel and a new elevated replacement for the earthquake-damaged Alaskan Way Viaduct, complicating an already messy stalemate between city and state leaders.

So the issue shifts back to Olympia, where city and county officials plan to huddle with Governor Chris Gregoire and top state lawmakers before declaring their next move.

Today's citywide advisory ballot asked voters for separate yes-or-no verdicts on both a tunnel and an elevated rebuild to replace the viaduct. In early returns, they said no twice.

The tunnel option backed by Mayor Greg Nickels was the bigger loser, turned down by a margin of 70 percent to 30 percent with about half the expected ballots counted tonight. The rebuild proposal was backed by the governor.

It was losing by about 55 percent to 45 percent. The vote count for the mail-in advisory ballot is scheduled to continue tomorrow.

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