Prop 203: Yes votes take the lead for medical marijuana

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by Jim Jagneaux

azfamily.com

Posted on November 12, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 13 at 12:37 PM

PHOENIX -- Ten days after the polls closed in Arizona, Proposition 203, a measure that would legalize medical marijuana is one step closer to winning approval as of Friday afternoon.

As conditional and provisional ballots have been counted throughout the week, the numbers in this closely watched race shifted on Friday.  As of 6:00 p.m. on Friday, votes in favor of the measure were 835,735 (50.13%) and votes against Prop 203 were 831,314 (49.87%), which puts the measure ahead by 4,421 votes. 

Speaking to the Associated Press earlier in the day, Proposition 203 backer Andrew Myers said he expected the measure to pull ahead when more votes were posted Friday evening.

More than 1.63 million votes have been counted in the 10 days since Election Day. The measure started out losing by about 7,200 votes on Nov. 2 and the gap gradually narrowed in the following 10 days.

The measure was behind by about 1,500 votes as of Friday morning.  The vast majority of about 57,000 outstanding votes are in Maricopa County, and most are provisional ballots. County Recorder Helen Purcell said those ballots were leaning toward supporters.

County-by-county breakdown of votes tallied so far:

County YES NO Total
Apache 6816 11726 18,542
Cochise 18466 20979 39,445
Coconino 20625 17761 38,386
Gila 7800 9554 17,354
Graham 2926 5906 8,832
Greenlee 1101 1248 2,349
La Paz 2023 2319 4,342
Maricopa 474951 478897 953,848
Mohave 25779 26526 52,305
Navajo 9918 18328 28,246
Pima 174591 131017 305,608
Pinal 36942 38928 75,870
Santa Cruz 4840 4560 9,400
Yavapai 35839 44066 79,905
Yuma 13118 19499 32,617
Total: 835,735 831,314 1,667,049

SOURCE:  Arizona Secretary of State Unofficial Results
 

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