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HARTSELLE, AL (WAFF) -

Another race that caught a lot of attention was the wet/dry referendum in Hartselle.

The results: 54 percent of the people voted no, while 46 percent voted yes.

Once again, the referendum failed.

This was a hard fought campaign. There were yard signs, campaign signs, wrecked cars - anything to get the message out.

Hartselle voters made their decision.

Both sides began campaigning months ago.

Opponents fought hard to keep alcohol sales out of Hartselle, while supporters worked to get their message out that it was time for change.

Tuesday night, both sides watched as election returns came in, and the vote was with opponents of the wet/dry referendum.

"We are the largest dry city in Alabama - proud of that fact. We wanted to keep Hartselle what it should be. This is the third time in 10 years people have taken a stand. We like Hartselle the way it is. Made great progress - why change all of that?" said Jeff Johnson with Families for a Safe Hartselle.

"Well, first, I'm disappointed; I'm not totally surprised. Our last meeting of Hartselle City for Economic Development, we recognized it would go one way or another. We either celebrate victory or 2014 campaign," said Bob Frances with Hartselle Citizens for Economic Development.

The wet/dry referendum will likely come up for a vote again in two years. Opponents and supports said they will be ready to face off again when it's time.

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