|The Press of Atlantic City reports that “Voters chose to expand, retain or establish various forms of gambling in the five states with binding measures and candidates favoring slot machines at racetracks won gubernatorial races in Maryland and Pennsylvania.”|
The five states so pro-gambling include Tennessee, where 57% of the people voted to allow a state lottery, and Arizona, where voters statewide voted in an expansion of Native American Tribal casino businesses.
Maryland saw the defeat of a Democrat for governor for the first time in more than 20 years, and the defeat of a Kennedy, as well. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, daughter of the slain Robert Kennedy, lost to a “pro-slots” Republican candidate, Robert Erlich, Jr. Kennedy opposed slot machine betting and is the first Kennedy to lose any election since her uncle, Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, lost his primary elections bid to unseat President Jimmy Carter as the Democrat Party presidential nominee in 1980.
However, in Pennsylvania, Democrat Ed Rendell was easily elected Governor after favoring the introduction of slot machines in the state’s four racetracks, a position identical to that of his two pro-gambling opponents.