Oregon Public Broadcasting

Separate measures to restrict genetically-modified crops in two Oregon counties won strong support in a first batch of election results on Tuesday.

A Jackson County ordinance to ban growth of GMO crops had 66 percent "yes" votes to 34 percent "no" as of 10 p.m. Tuesday, with not all ballots counted. Wednesdsay morning, the "yes" votes settled at 65.9 percent to 34.10 "no."

Jackson County Unofficial Results

Major corporations spent heavily to defeat the ordinance, said Liam Moriarty, Jefferson Public Radio reporter. If the ban keeps that lead, it would be "a stunning victory" for GMO opponents, he said.

Though it's a local issue, the measure attracted national interest and money. A pair of competing campaigns raised $1.3 million to sway Jackson County's 120,000 registered voters.

A Josephine County ordinance to limit GMOs had 58 percent "yes" votes to 42 percent "no" in late Tuesday returns. However, state law has designated Jackson County as the only county allowed to ban these crops.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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