CasinoClash 13 Update - Vote-no poll shows close race

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Just Say No Casino has released a gambling referendum poll.

Drum roll...

According to the poll of 400 Linn County residents who say they are likely to vote in the special election, 49 percent support the referendum, 47 percent oppose it and 4 percent are undecided. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 5 percent, so the Vote Yes Linn County lead is well within the margin.

The survey was conducted Feb. 7-10 by San Francisco-based David Binder Research. The "polling memo" can be found here.

Meanwhile, let the spin begin:

“It’s clear that voters remain skeptical of Steve Gray’s casino plan,” said Just Say No coalition member Todd Henderson. “With just three weeks left, casino investors have not made a solid case for why this is the right choice for Linn County, and they have yet to release so many details about their proposal. We will continue to run a strong campaign and discuss this important issue with people across Linn County. We’re confident that on March 5th, we will say no to a casino in Linn County.”

In other casino news...

Your Iowa Senate is preparing to debate a measure that would ban smoking in state-licensed casinos. Casino interests have strongly opposed such move in the past, arguing that it would put a dent in their revenues. Not sure how the GOP House feels about it, but I imagine it would face a rougher road there.

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