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November 6, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Reject R-74 campaign ‘cautiously optimistic’

Joseph Backholm speaks to supporters of the Reject Ref. 74 campaign at the election night party. (Photo by Janet I. Tu / The Seattle Times)

With King County results tonight showing the voters in the county approving Referendum 74, upholding the state’s same-sex marriage law, by 65.5 percent, opponents of Ref. 74 said they were still hopeful.

About 34.5 percent of King County voters rejected Referendum 74, according to the county’s vote tally released tonight. The Reject R-74 campaign figures it needs about 35.5 percent of King County’s vote to prevail, said Preserve Marriage Washington deputy chairman Chris Plante.

“We’re cautiously optimistic with that,” Plante said.

Plante said that he thinks the campaign needs to pull about 53-54 percent of the vote statewide by the end of tonight in order to ultimately win.

About two dozen people attending the Reject R-74 party at a coffee shop in a strip mall in Lynnwood had earlier cheered very early returns that had shown Washington voters rejecting R-74.

Later, with King County’s votes counted and the approve Ref. 74 side gaining the lead, the mood was more subdued but still upbeat.

“Regardless of what happens tonight,” campaign chairman Joseph Backholm said to those gathered, “we have fought for what is good, true and beautiful.”

“I hope we can celebrate this week,” he added.

(Video by Janet I. Tu / The Seattle Times)

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