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November 3, 2010 at 6:40 PM

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AP: Costco-backed liquor privatization effort rejected

Posted by Richard Wagoner

The Associated Press has called the Costco-backed liquor initiative, saying voters rejected I-1100, which would have gotten the state out of the business of selling hard alcohol.

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.

Voters had already rejected a competing liquor privatization measure, Initiative 1105.

Both I-1100 and I-1105 would have abolished the state's current monopoly on liquor distribution and sales in favor of private businesses.

But I-1100 would have gone further, dismantling the current distribution model and allowing retailers like Costco to buy beer, wine and spirits directly from manufacturers instead of going through distributors.

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