Early Returns Favor Slots Supporters
Results from early voting show a lead for those who voted "yes" on Question A.
Early voting results appear positive for those in support of slots at Arundel Mills.
With 27 percent of precincts reporting, voters favor zoning changes to allow for slots in Anne Arundel County by a margin of 34,583 to 27,087 .
County residents who went to the polls before Election Day voted in favor of Question A by a margin of 15,282 to 12,689. The margin is larger than earlier polls that suggested the issue of Question A was a near dead heat.
Question A asks voters to approve or reject a zoning change that would allow for slots in the county.
If Question A passes, it will likely pave the way for the Cordish Companies to build a new casino with 4,750 slot machines near the Arundel Mills Mall. Cordish has a license for slots that is conditional on zoning changes.
Members of the No Slots at the Mall campaign gathered over pizza and watched election results roll in last night at a community center in Hanover. Rob Annicelli, president of the group, said he expected early voting would favor slots supporters because Democrats voted more often in early voting. Slots opponents, he said, are more heavily Republican.
"This was what we expected," he said.