YES campaign concedes defeat in Oregon after GMO labeling recount: 'We will never know for sure what the true outcome of this race was'

By Elaine Watson

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YES campaign concedes defeat in Oregon GMO labeling recount

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The campaign backing Oregon's GMO labeling ballot initiative Measure 92 has conceded defeat after a recount failed to change the original result (49.97 in favor, 50.03% against - a difference of around 800 votes).

In a statement issued Thursday, the Yes on 92 campaign said it was “ending its efforts​”, but noted that the “growing movement to label genetically engineered foods is neither defeated nor discouraged”.

Speaking after a judge rejected its 11th​ hour legal bid to have 4,600 disqualified ballots officially counted, it added: “Those voters did everything right, completing, signing and returning their ballots on time. If their voices could be heard we believe it would result in victory for Measure 92.

“Given the razor-thin margin in this race, and the failure to count every valid ballot, we believe that Oregonians will never know for sure what the true outcome of this race was.”

However, time had run out, it said: “We have examined all other legal options and have found there are none that could succeed in getting the remaining votes counted before the election is certified.”

To date, three states - Maine, Connecticut and Vermont - have passed GMO labeling laws, but those in Maine and Connecticut are contingent upon other states following the same path, while Act 120 in Vermont, which will take effect in 2016, is also being challenged in the courts.

Click HERE​ for more news on what is happening at a federal level with GMO labeling.

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