Casino Backers Figure They Should Fold

Oct 16, 2012

The supporters of two Oregon ballot measures that would open the door for non-tribal casinos in the state say they're suspending that campaign. In a statement Tuesday, the casino backers acknowledged the measures appear unlikely to pass.

For months, Oregon airwaves have been inundated with ads both for and against ballot measures 82 and 83. Measure 82 would amend the constitution to allow non-tribal casinos and requires those casinos to give a percentage of their revenue to the state lottery. Measure 83 would authorize such a casino in Multnomah County, at Wood Village.

Now, casino supporters say they're stopping all ad buys.

Campaign manager Stacey Dycus wouldn't answer questions about why. But the campaign's statement put it this way.

"... it appears to the campaign team that not enough Oregon voters are ready to add a private casino to the state's gaming options."

The statement goes on to say "...the final decision is up to voters and we will continue to hope for the best on Election Day."

The campaign opposing the measures says it plans to "continue educating voters about the realities of these measures."

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