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November 8, 2011 at 8:28 PM

Liquor initiative passes; state out of liquor business

An initiative to allow grocery stores to sell liquor easily passed Tuesday night in the first round of results.

The Costco-backed I-1183 passed by more than 60 percent statewide with King, Pierce, Snohomish and Spokane counties reporting results.

I-1183 kicks the state out of the liquor business, allowed grocery stores to sell liquor and deregulated wine distribution.

Costco spent more than $22 million on the campaign, making it the largest single donor to a voter initiative in state history.

The opposition was financed by wine and liquor distributors, who fear deregulation in Washington would spread to other states.

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