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October 29, 2008

Shameless call for interactivity

Hey Maryland Politics readers: Consider this a shameless call for interactivity. I'd like to know your predictions for some big races. Post a comment that lets us know: a) The winner of the 1st District race, and by what percentage b) The outcome of Question 2, the slots referendum, and by what percentage c) The presidential contest outcome, with popular vote percentages and Electoral College breakdown. Show us how savvy you are.
Posted by David Nitkin at 1:16 PM | | Comments (2)


Slots...I have a feeling that it will pass. I like the idea of legalized gambling if done right, but am voting against this referendum because of the way it is written. The wording is misleading as to where the money raised will go. The fact that this is calling for an amendment to the state constitution is crazy, and good luck changing it once it's in place. Also, if you look around at the other states with slots or table games, their residents benefit from lower taxes. Ours will be raised.

All good news for Maryland:
- Frank Kratovil by 3 points (52%)
- Refendum passes by 8 points (54%)
- Obama wins by 3 points (50%) (wins Electoral College 318-220)

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