Here in Washington state, hard liquor was sold only at state-owned liquor stores. Grocery stores and mini-marts only carried beer and wine. But after yesterday’s election that won’t be the case any more.
The story of I-1183 is interesting. A similar initiative went down to defeat very recently, and this was the second try. This time around, polls showed I-1183 being defeated as well, but very effective advertising by the pro-privatization group led to a landslide 60-40 win. You can see some of those ads here.