O'Malley Pitches Mid-Day Voting -- and Slots Measure
Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), flanked by city leaders at a Baltimore elementary school this morning, urged voters to arrive at their polling place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. next Tuesday to avoid long lines.
What he didn't do was make a pitch for the referendum to legalize slot machine gambling--until a radio reporter pressed him to make a "closing argument" for slots.
The governor, who has kept a low profile during the slots campaign, encouraged a "Yes" vote on Question 2.
"It's limited. It's moderate. It's state-controlled," O'Malley told reporters at Northwood Elementary School. "It will allow us to continue to make investments in public education."
Asked after last night's Democratic Party gala, also in Baltimore, to handicap the chances that the General Assembly would vote to legalize slots if the ballot question fails, O'Malley predicted a continued paralysis on the issue in Annapolis.
"After all that's been done and debated, it would be very difficult to get members of the General Assembly to change their minds. It would be hard to bring it back."
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