McCreary County voters narrowly turned back an effort to legalize alcohol sales in a special election Tuesday, according to county Clerk Eric Haynes.
The vote was 1,973 against making the county fully wet to 1,941 in favor, Haynes said.
The close election mirrored one from three years ago, when voters rejected legal alcohol sales by 48 votes, Haynes said.
Proponents of legal sales will have to wait three years before they can push for another election on making the county wet, Haynes said.
Tuesday’s vote bucked a trend in which several Kentucky cities and counties have legalized alcohol sales in recent months.