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The Massachusetts state referendum proposing that Massachusetts supermarkets and c-stores be allowed to sell wine – an issue that generated more than $11 million in campaign spending by both sides – was rejected by 56 percent of voters on Tuesday. It was said to be the most expensive ballot campaign in state history.

Opponents were primarily independent liquor store owners, who were desperate to keep supermarkets from infringing on their long-held monopoly. They argued that teenagers would be to obtain liquor more easily from supermarkets and convenience stores.
KC's View:
What a load of nonsense. This was about protecting sales, nothing else, and the result simply reinforces the notion that a level of Puritanism is alive and well and living in New England.