Elections

Prop 203 Update: Closer, but No Cigar -- Yet


Proposition 203's chances of passing rose a bit today, then fell some.

With 89,000 early ballots and provisional ballots left to be counted, the game isn't over yet.

But the "yes" votes just can't seem to get a solid break.

Just before 4 p.m., the gap between "yes" and "no" votes closed further than ever, according to the Secretary of State's Web site. Opponents were ahead by only 2,376. That should have heartened supporters, because the pro-203 trend seen last night seemed to be continuing.

The 5:25 p.m. update wasn't as rosy. Now, there are 3,169 "no" votes in the lead.

With most of the uncounted votes in Maricopa County, which has trended just into the "no" side since results first started coming in, it would be surprising if 203 caught up. But it's possible.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.