Early Polls Show California's Prop 8 Gaining
NOVEMBER 5, 2008, 3:50 A.M. ET
Early poll results Tuesday night showed California voters leaning toward overturning same-sex marriage in the state in a decision that could impact how the issue plays out elsewhere in the nation.
Approval of Proposition 8 would be a stunning upset in a $70-million campaign that just weeks ago looked to be running in favor of preserving gay marriage rights.
By 12:34 a.m. in California, 53.1% of voters favored passing Prop 8, as the measure is known, and 46.9% were against it, with 60% of precincts voting, according to the Secretary of State. However, both sides cautioned the vote could be very close and that it might still be early to declare a winner.
The passage of Prop 8, as it is known, would be a major victory for religious conservatives seeking to ban gay marriage in other states, and a crippling setback for the gay rights movement nationwide.
Now, if you run on over to the state of California's website, it has the current updates (this article is hours old). With 88.9% ( 22,608 of 25,423 ) precincts partially or fully reporting as of Nov. 5, 2008, at 3:54 a.m., Prop 8 is winning with 51.8% of votes.