Same old, same old. The State stays in the liquor biz.

Even though their measure was trailing, supporters of liquor privatization initiative 1100 held out hope into yesterday evening. The idea was that not-yet-counted votes in urban King County, where the initiative was proving more popular, would push it through.

But it wasn’t enough. Last night the Associated Press declared I-1100 defeated. "With more than two-thirds of the expected vote counted, Initiative 1100 was losing by more than 73,000 votes, with 52 percent of voters rejecting it."

The competing privatization initiative, 1105, was far less popular—only 37 percent of voters liked it.

The people have spoken; the state stays in the liquor biz.

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