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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

John Deeth Blog: Gambling votes and governor's race

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog

The Register noted Tuesday that nine Iowa counties will have mandatory
gambling issues on the 2010 general election ballot. Gambling votes
nearly always increase turnout; it's an issue both emotional and
economic. So how does that ripple through the other races on the
ballot? ... The nine counties that will have gambling issues on the 2010
ballot voted 55.8 percent for Culver, a little better than his 54.1
statewide percentage. Lyon County breaks the curve, but Black Hawk is
by far the largest. The nine counties account for 9.3 percent of the
2006 state turnout, which is about what you'd expect on average in a
99 county state. We can expect higher than average gubernatorial year
turnout in these nine counties, which will marginally help the
governor.

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