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Yes on Issue 2 after loss: $75 million convinced people to vote against own best interests

Supporters of Ohio Issue 2 saw their cause go down in defeat Tuesday night. (WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Supporters of Ohio Issue 2 saw their cause go down in defeat Tuesday night.

With over a million votes cast, 80 percent of voters said no to Issue 2.

People backing the ballot initiative gathered at "Out of the Closet" clothing store in the Short North to watch election returns.

Announcement of the ballot defeat came nearly an hour after polls closed.

"The voters have spoken tonight. We have learned is that $75 million can convince people to vote against their own best interest," said Dennis Willard with Yes on Issue 2.

Issue 2 would have required state agencies to not pay more for prescription drugs than the federal Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).

The Yes On Issue 2 campaign argued voting for the initiative saves millions of taxpayer dollars and lowers drug prices for people in the state.

Willard said the campaign vows to fight and are collecting signatures in South Dakota and are looking at Washington, D.C.

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