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Nearly 80 percent of Oregon voters supported a constitutional amendment allowing curbs on campaign contributions and spending.

Oregonians vote to end their era of free-flowing money in politics

Tuesday's election yielded two wins and one probable loss for those who say that curbing the influence of money in politics is key to a better democracy.

By far the most significant victory for that cause was in Oregon, which voted overwhelmingly to allow the state to limit campaign contributions and spending — and reverse some of the nation's most permissive campaign financing rules. And a couple of symbolic new limits were approved Tuesday in Missouri. But a package including new curbs on gifts to campaigns was facing rejection in Alaska.

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