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Maine Casino Opponents Give Up on Recount

Dec 13, 2010
Author: Susan Arnold
Maine Casino Opponents Give Up on Recount

Opponents of a ballot initiative that approved the first full casino in Maine have abandoned their recount effort, conceding victory to supporters of the initiative. The initiative appeared to have passed by just over 4,600 votes, or less than 1% of the total votes cast.

The opposition, which was primarily led by the group Casinos No!, stopped the recount after they failed to make gains on the first 20% of votes that had been manually counted. However, it seems possible that this is not the end of the efforts for Casinos No! and other groups who do not want to see the casino built in Oxford.

“In our view, this is one of the closest referendum elections in Maine history,” said Casinos No! spokesperson Dennis Bailey. “Roughly half of Mainers oppose this casino.”

Meanwhile, the developers of the casino – Black Bear Entertainment – have begun the planning stages for their facility, even while the recount was ongoing. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in June, with the first phase of the casino hoped to be operational by early 2012.

However, some hurdles still remain. Opponents are likely to continue their efforts, possibly by mounting legal challenges to the casino. In addition, Black Bear will still need to find a casino operator and additional financial support, both of which could pose a challenge due to the controversial nature of the project. In addition, at least two other cities in Maine have expressed interest in also opening casinos; should there be any delays in the Black Bear casino project, they could pose stiff competition and further worry potential investors.

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