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Open Space Initiative Supporters Puzzled by Loss

Open Space Initiative Supporters Puzzled by Loss



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Two days later, backers of the Open Space Initiative are still puzzled over how the ballot measure lost.

Supporters spent more than a million dollars, and had several endorsements from notable Utah residents. Several polls predicted the initiative would win big.

But when voters flocked to the polls Tuesday, the measure stumbled to a 10-point defeat.

The initiative called for a 150 (M)million dollar bond to purchase and preserve watersheds, wildlife habitat and ranch and farm land.

Only two Utah counties -- Summit and Grand -- ended up voting for it.

It was pummeled in rural counties, and ended up losing in Salt Lake County -- where supporters said they needed a big win.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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