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Oregon's Food Labeling Measure Appears Headed For Recount

File photo of signs marking a field of genetically modified corn
Lindsay Eyink
File photo of signs marking a field of genetically modified corn

It appears Oregon is headed for its first statewide ballot measure recount in more than six years.

The gap between the "no" votes and "yes" votes on Measure 92 shrank Thursday afternoon to about 1,500 votes out of more than 1.5 million cast.

Measure 92 would require food manufacturers and retailers to label genetically engineered foods. The difference between the two sides now falls well within the threshold for an automatic statewide recount.

That threshold is two-tenths of one percent, which gives you an idea of how close this is.

Measure 92 was the most expensive initiative campaign in state history. Several news organizations declared it defeated soon after Election Day, but the gap narrowed as county elections offices tallied up remaining ballots.

Counties have until Monday to submit final numbers to the state, so a recount isn't official just yet.

Copyright 2014 Northwest News Network

Chris Lehman
Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three years later he headed north to DeKalb, Illinois, where he worked as a reporter and announcer for NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.