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Anne Arundel voters split on state's largest casino

Thumbnail image for Anne Arundel slots.jpgA new poll suggests a ballot measure affecting the future of Maryland's largest planned slots casino could go either way.

Voters in Anne Arundel County will decide Nov. 2 whether to allow a zoning law to stand that is needed for Baltimore-based Cordish Cos. to move forward with a 4,750-machine casino at Arundel Mills mall. Monied interests on both sides are spending millions to influence the outcome.

Forty-eight percent of registered voters in the county support the measure, known as Question A, while 45 percent say they would vote against it, according to the poll by Gonzales Research & Marketing Strategies. Another seven percent are undecided.

The result falls within the margin of error in the poll, which is plus or minus 5 percentage points.

Gonzales notes that "Question A is being propped up by registered Democrats in the county, as a majority of Republicans and independents are against it."

By John Wagner  | October 20, 2010; 12:01 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections, John Wagner, Slots  
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Comments

Put the casino in the bowels of PG co- how about in Suitland? That is where it belongs!!

Posted by: 10bestfan | October 20, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

that seems odd to me that supposedly democrats are for it and republicans against it when ehrlich has been lobbying so hard for it and O'Malley wants the voters to decide.
Is ehrlich that out of step with his republican base?

Posted by: MarilynManson | October 20, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

The voters have said more or less "why not"? It makes no sense to me to delay the inevitable for 4-5 more years. while the government is in such dire straits -- taxing us left and right; speeding tickets, parking tickets, speedcameras, etc. Let the citizens go to these casinos and make their donation and save the others a little cash. The revenue that would be gained from slots in any county will be of great benefit to us. There is no need for a lot of hand-wringing when years from now everyone will be saying that it should have been done sooner.

Posted by: gordonj1 | October 20, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

"It makes no sense to me to delay the inevitable for 4-5 more years. while the government is in such dire straits"

You obviously don't live in the area of the Mall and wouldn't have to deal with the increased crime and traffic that will come with the casino.

Posted by: RealChoices | October 20, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

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