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Legalized marijuana (Amendment 64), same-sex marriage make gains (+video)

Some 176 ballot measures in 38 states included historic wins for gay marriage and legalized marijuana (Amendment 64 in Colorado), as well as votes in four red states to rein in 'Obamacare.'

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Gay rights advocates also cheered the victory of US Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D) of Wisconsin, who defeated former Gov. Tommy Thompson (R) to become the first openly gay member of the US Senate. Senator-elect Baldwin replaces retiring Sen. Herb Kohl, a Democrat.

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In all, there were 176 ballot measures in 38 states, according to the Initiative & Referendum Institute in Los Angeles. Some of the other results:

Alabama, Montana, and Wyoming voted to limit the Affordable Care Act – “Obamacare” – in their states.

In Massachusetts, a measure of the type in Oregon and Washington State approving physician-assisted suicide appeared headed for defeat.

Gambling in Maryland will soon include table games like blackjack and a casino near the nation's capital, after voters on Tuesday approved an expansion measure that generated the most expensive political advertising campaign in the state's history, the Associated Press reported. Table games like craps and poker could begin early next year at Maryland's three existing casinos and at two expected to be built later. Because the question also passed in Prince George's County, a casino can also be built near the nation's capital.

Illinois voters rejected a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would have made it more difficult to expand public employee retirement benefits.

Meanwhile, a closely eyed ballot measure to label food containing genetically modified ingredients was trailing by a double-digit margin in California. More than a dozen states this year introduced GMO labeling bills, but all failed. A citizen's petition to mark genetically engineered foods nationwide is pending before the US Food and Drug Administration, reports the AP.

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