ORLANDO, Florida (AP) -- An amendment to abandon Florida's public campaign financing system has been rejected by voters.
The amendment would have repealed a provision in the state constitution that requires public financing of campaigns for governor, chief financial officer, attorney general and agriculture commissioner for candidates who agree to spending limits.
With 89 percent of the expected vote counted Tuesday night, 52.6 percent favored passing Amendment 1. At least 60 percent of voters had to approve it to pass.
Supporters of the amendment argued public campaign funding is a welfare system for candidates and the money would be better spent on the state's needs. Opponents said getting rid of the system would give wealthier candidates an unfair advantage.
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