Victory is often in the eye of the beholder.
Referendum 3B asked voters if they agreed with the decision of the Steamboat Springs School Board to deny the application for a proposed Montessori charter school.
Much to the surprise of Steamboat Springs Montessori member Jody Patten and some School Board members, the vote was much closer than anticipated.
The unofficial vote count showed 61 percent of voters support the School Board's position while 39 percent oppose it. The ballot issue was an advisory question and its outcome is not binding.
Patten, who expected only about 10 percent of voters to voice opposition to the School Board's Montessori stance, said the outcome is a tribute to voters educating themselves on the issue.