Although it is not yet official, it appears Scottish hopes of independence have been crushed in the long-anticipated referendum. With 24 of the 32 council areas officially declared, No leads, with 54% to Yes’s 46%. Clackmannanshire, ironically ranked the most likely to vote Yes, was the first area to declare, and rejected independence.
Yes has only won four council areas – Dundee, Glasgow, North Lanarkshire, and West Dunbartonshire. Yes campaign rallies throughout the United Kingdom have slowly fizzled out as results came in, and the Alex Salmond, who has headed the Yes campaign from the beginning, canceled an appearance in his local court in Aberdeenshire.