(NEWSER) – The United Kingdom will stay united: Scotland has rejected independence. With the votes counted in the nation's historic referendum, results show those in favor of keeping the 307-year union with England won 55% to 45%. Those against independence received a massive boost by strongly taking Edinburgh, the capital, and Aberdeen, the nation's oil center.

The average turnout was 86%—a record high for any Scottish election. Scottish nationalist leader Alex Salmond conceded defeat, adding, "Let us not dwell on the distance we've fallen short, let us dwell on the distance we've traveled." Indeed, the skilled 59-year-old leader of the Scottish National Party won a promise of new (though somewhat unspecified) powers for Scotland from rattled London politicians.

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