Changing local liquor laws continues to be a divisive issue in Eastern Carolina. For proof, look no further than the results of Tuesday's election.
Two counties and two towns held referendums on whether to allow bars and restaurants to sell liquor by the drink. Two passed it, and two shot it down. In some cases, the final vote tally was incredibly close.
Bertie County did not pass the liquor by the drink referendum. It failed by only 13 votes. However, it passed, barely, in Washington County, with 51 percent voting for it, and 49 percent against it. Another close tally from La Grange in Lenoir County, which did not approve the referendum, 53 percent to 47 percent. The most comfortable margin was in the Carteret County town of Newport, which passed the measure with 65 percent of the vote.