Two competing proposals that would get Washington state out of the business of selling hard alcohol were losing in early returns Tuesday.
With about 60 percent of the expected vote counted in unofficial returns, about 52 percent of people were voting against Initiative 1100, and 63 percent were voting against Initiative 1105.
Both would abolish the state’s current monopoly on liquor distribution and sales in favor of private businesses.
I-1100 would allow retailers to buy beer, wine and spirits directly from manufacturers instead of going through distributors.
I-1105 would keep in place state laws that protect beer and wine distributors.