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October 25, 2010

Slots vote could go either way

As Nicole Fuller reports in today's paper, a Baltimore Sun poll shows basically a tie in Anne Arundel County on the question of allowing slots at Arundel Mills mall.

Forty-seven percent said "yes;" 45 percent said "no." But as the article notes, there is a fairly large margin of error. While Opinion Works interviewed 798 likely voters for The Sun's Maryland-wide poll, they interviewed 422 voters for the Anne Arundel referendum, a smaller sample and one less likely to reflect countywide opinion. Only Arundel residents get to vote on slots.

The people Fuller interviewed seem quite knowledgeable, distinguishing between slots in the mall and slots next to the mall, knowing that Laurel Park is the putative alternative but wondering whether it's likely, etc. Mall-slots backers and opponents are expected to crank up their ads in the last days before the election, but I wonder whether they'll be lost in all the other election-ad garbage that is airing.

Posted by Jay Hancock at 8:26 AM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Slots



Can you explain why Mr. Ehrlich has been so quiet on this issue? Given the poll numbers I would have thought he would be an active critic of this mess and promoting his original plan of slots at Laurel.

The less I hear of Ehrlich the less impressed I am of him! For a candidate for the top job in the state you would think he might actually campaign for the job.

It's shocking how the issue of the Laurel racetrack keeps being brought up. It is impossible that the slots would ever be moved there and Penn National/No Slots knows it. The reason they keep pushing that lie is so Marylanders will keep driving to their WV casino. They say that slots at Arundel Mills will bring crime (show me the evidence) but that it's OK to put in someone else's neighborhood? Hypocrites.

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About Jay Hancock
Jay Hancock has been a financial columnist for The Baltimore Sun since 2001. He has also been The Baltimore Sun's diplomatic correspondent in Washington and its chief economics writer. Before moving to Baltimore in 1994 he worked for The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk and The Daily Press of Newport News.

His columns appear Tuesdays and Sundays.

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