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Gambling referendum margin is razor-thin

Jon Peterson and Milt Peterson of The Peterson Cos. are joined by former Prince George's County Executive Wayne Curry at Question 7's election night party at National Harbor.

There are lots of votes left to count in Maryland, but with about 32 percent of precincts reporting, voters are are just barely showing their approval for an expansion of casino gambling.

The most recent returns reported by the Maryland State Board of Elections say less than 51 percent of Marylanders have voted “yes” on table games such as black jack and a new casino in Prince George’s County, probably here at National Harbor.

The race is tight in Baltimore (51 percent favor gambling expansion so far) and 58 percent of Anne Arundel County voters and 54 percent of Baltimore County voters are against the expansion.

In the Washington suburbs, support is strong thus far. More than 58 percent of Prince George’s County voters are voting in favor of the expansion and more than 54 percent of voters in Montgomery County approve.

Revelers at the Question 7 campaign’s election night watch party don’t seem nervous. Most are MGM Resorts International Inc. employees flown in from around the country over the last many weeks. MGM has a deal with National Harbor developer The Peterson Cos. to build a resort casino at the sprawling development on the Potomac River.