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June 11, 2012 Campaigns for and against a proposed dollar-per-pack cigarette tax hike in California held their breath on Friday, each hoping to eke out a slim victory by the time voters’ final ballots are tallied in a race still too close to call. Voters were widely reported to have narrowly rejected the ballot question, known as Proposition 29, on Tuesday, a result observers largely attributed to a $47 million advertising blitz mounted against the measure by big tobacco companies. But as of Friday, backers of the initiative were refusing to concede defeat, pointing to the opposition’s shrinking lead as election officials reported nearly 1 million ballots still left to count. Both sides in the Prop 29 campaign say it will probably be another week or two before the outcome of the race is settled.
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