Liquor by the drink passed in all three referendums here in Effingham County.
According to the Effingham Herald website, the measure passed overwhelmingly. Even though absentee ballots have not been counted, they will not change the outcome.
The county vote was 7,348 "yes" and 5,018 "no." That's 59% in favor.
Springfield voted 160 "yes" and 102 "no." That's 61% in favor.
Rincon voted 911 "yes" and 380 "no." That's 71% in favor.
In 2002, we defeated liquor by 57%, but this time it passed easily.
The proponents of liquor have pledged that they only want restaurants, not bars and nightclubs. I believe they are sincere in that pledge, and I hope that we can work together to ensure that we do not have bars.
To everybody who helped in this campaign, thank you for your hard work. You can put your head on your pillow tonight and know that you did your best, and that is all that you can do.
The alcohol issue is not an issue that I brought up, but I felt a responsibility to speak my convictions when the issue did arise. Now that liquor has been approved, I'm ready to move on and focus on sharing Christ's love with this community.