UPDATE: California Tobacco Tax Loses

David is a Deputy News Editor specializing in coverage of science policy, energy and the environment.

The Associated Press has projected that a California initiative to increase the tax on tobacco to pay for cancer research has failed by less than 1% of the vote. On 6 June, proponents of Proposition 29 had refused to concede, despite falling behind in initial returns, because of a large number of uncounted mail-in and provisional ballots.

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