THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2010
A new poll shows what Anne Arundel county voters are thinking about slots at Arundel Mills. Political reporter Pat Warren says the future of "Ballot Question A" is still up in the air. The TV ads swamp the airways, but predicting the outcome of slots at Arundel Mills is still a roll of the dice. The Cordish Company, which owns the license and leads the crusade for approval, is hammering home its message. "Jobs, jobs and more jobs," said one Maryland resident. "And the taxes. It's a winning situation for us," said another Maryland resident. The vision of what slots at Arundel Mills would look like depends on Ballot Question A. If voters think it's okay to put slots at Arundel Mill, they'll check "for." Those not in favor will check "against." In the latest Gonzales poll, the "for's" have it, 48 percent to 45 percent "against." That's good news for the Cordish Company, but is it good enough? "We're not going to let up,:" said David Cordish. "I'll be out door-to-door this weekend, next weekend. You much rather be in our position, which is ahead." While 56 percent of Democrats are "for" slots at Arundel Mills, the campaign against slots finds it's biggest support from independents, who polled 54 percent against. Followed by Republicans, 51 percent of whom say there are against slots at the mall. "It just tells us that it's going to come down to the bitter end," said David Jones, who is against slots at the mall. "We still have an opportunity to convince those 7 percent of undecideds that it's in their best interest to vote against Question A." WJZ found one those undecideds. When Anne Arundel County resident Kasey Kullman was asked if she decided on which way she was going to vote, she said " honestly, I really haven't. I'll just have to wait and see once I'm in there which way I'm going to go." "It's a hard decision," she added. "It's pretty split." The poll throws those for Question A a lifeline. Although supporters are merely hanging on by their fingernails while those against Question A keep sawing at the rope. Both campaigns say they will continue to go door-to-door in their efforts to win votes.
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