"No" votes took a big lead over "Yes" votes in the epic battle over Ballot Measure 4.
With more than half of the votes counted, Measure 4 was losing by a large margin. But still out was much of the Bush vote -- including the Bristol Bay region, where many residents are concerned about the massive, controversial Pebble copper and gold prospect.
The fight over the proposed law pitted salmon against mining in a multimillion-dollar ad war that inundated Alaskans for months, and confused many of them.
Opponents of Measure 4 sensed a victory late.
"We're cautiously optimistic. We're feeling good. This has been a great statement by the Alaskan people that mining is in our past and it's going to be in our future," said Renee Limoge, a spokeswoman for Alaskans Against the Mining Shutdown, a group that raised millions from the mining industry to fight Measure 4.
The proponents of Measure 4 said they believe that Gov. Sarah Palin's recent announcement that she would vote "No" cost them many voters.
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