Question 2 

Maine voters have rejected a proposal to scale back the state’s motor vehicle excise tax.Question 2 would have cut the rate of the municipal excise tax on newer vehicles while exempting hybrid and other highly fuel-efficient motor vehicles from sales tax and three years of excise taxes.Supporters said the referendum would save Maine taxpayers $80 million a year while promoting cleaner air and greater fuel efficiency. Critics said if the proposal would have resulted in a tax shift that would be made up by higher property taxes.Campaign spokesman Chris Cinquemani (CHINK’-eh-mah-nee) conceded the race shortly after 10 p.m. Unofficial results show the proposal failing 74 percent to 26 percent, with 28 percent of precincts reporting.