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Maryland residents are losing their interest in voting for slot machines

Sep 16, 2008 7:00 PM

by Ray Poirier | If recent surveys are accurate, Maryland residents are losing their interest in voting for slot machines in the state on Nov. 4.

Earlier polls had indicated that 54% of the voters planned to support the slots referendum. Last week that number fell to 49%.

However, slots supporters expect that recent decline to be corrected this week when Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot reveals his most recent estimate of incoming revenues and the state’s economy.

"It will be a sobering window," he remarked in a speech before a Montgomery civic group.

The need for state revenue has been the biggest motivator for slot support, according to people on both sides of the issue.