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US Oregon GMO labelling advocates admit defeat

Proponents of the US state of Oregon's GMO labelling initiative conceded defeat last week, declaring that they have run out of legal options to contest the result. The admission brings to a close a fiercely contested battle over the ballot measure, which called for a GM food labelling regime to be imposed by January 1st 2016. A recount of the vote was launched the previous week, after state officials said that the measure had failed by 812 votes out of 1.5 million votes cast, a margin far less than the 0.2% level that triggers a mandatory recount. All but two of Oregon's 36 counties had completed their recounts as of Thursday afternoon and the overall result had changed little. The Oregon Secretary of State is expected to officially certify the recount in the next few days. The decision by the Yes on Measure 92 campaign to concede defeat followed a ruling by a state judge not to halt the recount. Nine Oregon voters filed suit, arguing some 4,600 valid votes had been unfairly rejected. The judge refused the request, concluding that the state's election rules on matching ballot signatures are legal and reasonable.

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