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Measure B fails

A cheer erupted at the “No on Measure B” party about 10:40 p.m. as long-awaited results were posted Tuesday. Measure B, the Hotel Limitation Initiative, was defeated by 92 votes.

The final tally from the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters was 1,761 “Yes” to 1,853 “No” votes.

The “No on B” people were anxiously awaiting the results, while the “Yes on B” party broke up before 10 p.m. when it was announced that the votes leaving Sonoma had been delayed.

Larry Barnett, the force behind the initiative, left the party in Murphy’s Snug room at about 9:50 p.m., and most of the dozen or so supporters who were still there headed for the door shortly thereafter.

Barnett, who has been through more than a few elections, was looking at the early results of the mail-in ballots that gave the “No” side a 115-vote lead. Barnett said he anticipated about 4,000 votes would be cast and said that the “yes” side would have to pick up six-out-of-10 votes to have a chance.

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