Voters in Idaho Tuesday turned back a measure that would've allowed historical horse racing machines in the state. The state's racing industry pushed for the initiative, as tracks in other states have, in the hope of subsidizing the racing product.
But a group of staunch opponents of Prop 1 won over voters' minds.
“Today's vote proves what we've been saying all along – Proposition 1 was a bad bet for Idahoans,” Ken Andrus and Ernie Stensgar of Idaho United Against Prop 1 said in a statement. “Idahoans do not want a statewide expansion of casino-style gambling. Idaho United Against Prop 1 is grateful for the thousands of state, local, and tribal community leaders, businesses, elected officials, educators and families who helped us share the truth about Prop 1 with Idahoans and to the voters who saw through the deception of this ballot initiative and chose to vote no.”
Supporters held out hope for a yes vote after a judge in Kentucky ruled Oct. 24 that historical horse racing machines are pari-mutuel under the law and therefore legal. Kentucky is one of several states where racetracks operate the machines within their facilities.
Idaho previously allowed historical horse racing, but legislators later repealed the law, saying the terminals looked too much like slot machines.
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