COBB COUNTY, Ga. — Despite a lot of political noise, Cobb County will be staying just the same after all.
The county had three cityhood votes on Tuesday - for East Cobb, Vinings and the proposed Lost Mountain - and all failed, substantially.
Vinings, the community on Cobb's southeast border with Fulton County that has a longstanding history and in many ways already operates as a de facto independent city, came closest. But it was not particularly close - 55.45% for "No" to 45.55% for "Yes."
Lost Mountain, which would have become the largest city in the county covering a huge expanse of northwest Cobb, was shot down by roughly a 58-42% vote.
East Cobb was roundly rejected, with 73.41% of 22,190 voters saying "No" to incorporating the city.
Cobb County only has six officially incorporated cities. The three that came to a vote, plus Mableton, gained attention this election cycle thanks in part to the big debate that surrounded whether Buckhead in Atlanta would get a vote to break away - which it ultimately did not.