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Prop. 29 Tobacco Tax Too Close To Call; Absentee Ballots Untallied

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A shop owner sells a pack of cigarettes to a customer in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A shop owner sells a pack of cigarettes to a customer in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) – It’s still too close to call the California initiative to raise the tax on tobacco products.

As of Wednesday morning, Proposition 29 was apparently headed to defeat by just over 1 percent, or about 64,000 votes, out of more than 3.8 million votes counted.

But there’s an unknown number of ballots left to be tallied.

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Statewide & Bay Area Results | Election Results Across The State

In California, even with all precincts reporting, there typically are many late-arriving early voting and absentee ballots not counted until after election day.

These ballots typically comprise up to 20 percent of all votes, meaning potentially hundreds of thousands of votes are still to be counted statewide.

KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:

The tobacco industry spent tens of millions of dollars on an ad campaign against imposing an additional $1-per-pack tax on cigarettes to fund cancer research. Cancer survivor Lance Armstrong led the effort to pass the tax hike.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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