Close vote expected in Maine casino issue

Oct 28, 2008 4:03 PM

by Ray Poirier | A recent poll of expected voters in Maine has found the electorate evenly divided on the issue of whether to allow one casino to be built in the southwestern part of the state.

Market research firm Critical Insights, commissioned to do the poll by Olympia Gaming, found that 47% of the voters were in favor of the plan while 46% were opposed. There was another 7% undecided.

This contrasted with another poll, conducted by Strategic Marketing Services, which found that 52% were opposed with only 39.5% in favor.

The referendum would permit Olympia Gaming, headed by Las Vegas veteran gaming executive Dean Harrold, to build a casino in Oxford.

Meanwhile, newspapers in Augusta, Waterville and Kennebec have editorialized against the measure.