It's all gotta be part of Big Tobacco's plan. Tobacco companies pumped more than $46 million into the campaign against Proposition 29, which would increase the tax on cigarette packs by $1.
Perhaps they could have donated more money. Instead, they might have struck the exact minimum amount necessary to defeat the ballot initiative.
Because now, deep into the afternoon of the day after the election, Prop. 29 results remain too close too call. It could be days before a definitive answer.
So, in the meantime, the faithful on either side must be pulling out their hair, and biting their nails, and grinding their teeth, and pacing in circles… chain-smoking.
Just how Big Tobacco drew it up!