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WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) -- Minor league baseball has struck out in Wilmington.

Voters on Tuesday rejected a proposal for the city to spend $37 million on a new stadium for a minor league team. About 70 percent of those casting ballots voted no.

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo pushed the effort to attract a team with a new stadium. Saffo says he thought the vote would have been closer. But he says the voters were worried about government spending in a troubled economy.

The plan was to bring in a minor league affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.

Both the Braves and their partner, Mandalay Baseball, say they are disappointed that the ballpark referendum was defeated.

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