Road bond referendum passes by large margin

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Governor Jim Justice called the voting results for Saturday’s special election, “Monumental” to see just how much support there was for his roads plan.

Unofficial results indicate that the road bond referendum, on the ballot Saturday, will pass by an overwhelming margin. Of the state’s 120,000+ voters, 87,751 (73 percent) voted “yes” in support of the amendment, while 32,759 (27 percent) voted against it.

Even Governor Justice was surprised to see the gulf in popular opinion.

“We’ve never been able to get 70-plus percent of our voters to vote for anything… whether or not we’re going go to McDonald’s or Wendy’s.” Justice said.

Governor Justice, who claimed the vote to be a “victory” for West Virginia, says he will likely be calling lawmakers back to the state capitol for another special session to iron out where to go from here. Justice said one of his top priorities is to make sure as many West Virginians are hired as possible to do the road work.

In Greenbrier County the unofficial count was:

FOR – 2,283

AGAINST – 697