December 8, 2009
Contact: Martin Cothran
Pro slots lobby fails to buy election, anti-slots candidates win big
According to preliminary reports, expanded gambling forces lost big in two special state elections today. "The big money, pro-slots forces lost big today," said Martin Cothran, spokesman for Say No to Casinos. In both elections, one for a House seat and one for a Senate seat, conservative, anti-expanded gambling Republicans won big over pro-gambling Democrats.
Cothran expressed surprise that the votes were as lopsided in favor of the anti-expanded gambling candidates as they were in light of the amount of money dumped into both races by proponents of slots at tracks. "The slots lobby bet the house on these races, pouring in gobs of money to try to buy these elections. But these races should send a message to the rich horse tracks a message: voters aren't going to be bought."